Throughout a digital listening to with the Homeland Safety Committee targeted on “Worldwide Threats to the Homeland: 20 Years After 9/11,” Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed that out of the 60,000 Afghan nationals evacuated through the chaotic withdrawal of troops, roughly 7 % are US residents, round 6 % are lawful everlasting residents and roughly 3 % maintain Particular Immigrant Visas (SIV).
The rest is a mix of SIV candidates whose functions haven’t been finalized, domestically employed employees, journalists, human rights activists, and different weak Afghans who would qualify underneath refugee standing.
The information comes the identical week because the Biden administration’s transfer to extend the restrict on the variety of refugees who may be resettled within the US. On Monday, the State Division knowledgeable Congress that it is going to be rising the restrict to 125,000 folks for the fiscal 12 months beginning Oct. 1, up from the 62,500 cap set in Might.
Roughly 40,000 Afghan residents have been dropped at the US in latest days, in accordance with the Wall Avenue Journal, nonetheless none have been formally categorized as refugees because of the haste with which they had been taken out of Afghanistan.
This month, the White Home has additionally requested Congress to make welfare advantages accessible to Afghan nationals paroled into the nation, as part of a request for $6.4 billion in funds to assist resettle the Afghan evacuees.
A part of the funding would go in the direction of authorizing Afghan evacuees who’ve been paroled into the US and cleared background checks or screenings to obtain welfare advantages and qualify for a driver’s license or ID card. To be eligible, all people should have been paroled within the US between July 30 and Sept. 30 of this 12 months.
For the reason that withdrawal ended final month, hundreds of refugees have been transported to US army bases that may collectively home as much as 25,000 evacuees. Others shall be transported to totally different states throughout the nation, and at the least 200 shall be calling New York Metropolis their new dwelling, in accordance with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Many have remained skeptical in regards to the variety of Afghan refugees getting into the nation, suggesting it opens the potential for safety threats.
In early September, 26 GOP senators estimated in a letter to President Biden that greater than 57,000 Afghans had been evacuated who will not be US residents, inexperienced card holders or eligible for the Particular Immigrant Visas.
The lawmakers mentioned they had been “involved by stories that ineligible people, together with Afghans with ties to terrorist organizations or severe, violent criminals, had been evacuated alongside harmless refugee households.”