President Joe Biden’s administration has already started increasing the number of Afghans that will be resettled across the United States before all American citizens have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
On Monday, during a press briefing, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said about 25,000 Afghans applying for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) are likely to be resettled in the U.S. along with thousands more of their family members.
“And with the four bases, what our goal would be is to reach the ability, not necessarily the actual count, but the ability to build out to about 25,000 capacity,” Kirby said.
In total, Biden has suggested up to 65,000 Afghans are to be evacuated from Afghanistan. Some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have said the U.S. must resettle more than 300,000 Afghans.
The total of 25,000 SIVs is a few thousand more than the 22,000 Afghans that Kirby had stated last week would be resettled in the U.S. with their families — an indication that the administration is looking to increase the inflow from Afghanistan.- READ MORE