Afghan refugees caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage at military bases

 January 15, 2023

It has been nearly five months since President Joe Biden's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan ended with the death of 13 American service personnel. However, the financial costs of that failure are continuing to mount.

Breitbart revealed in an article on Saturday that housing roughly 50,000 Afghan at U.S. military bases refugees caused an estimated $189 million worth of damages to the facilities over the course of 2021 and into early 2022.

Widespread damage to walls, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems

The website pointed to a Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG) report on December 19 which detailed refugee housing at Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Pickett in Virginia, and Camp Atterbury in Indiana.

Among the hardest hit was Fort McCoy, where 12,700 Afghan refugees inflicted a whopping $145 million in damages at the base.

This included destruction of walls, ceilings, floors, doors, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and exterior siding.

What's more, the repair bill for Fort Pickett's walls, doors, plumbing, HVAC systems, fire alarms amounted to $26 million. Similar acts of vandalism at Camp Atterbury cost taxpayers $16 million.

'Completely depleted" of material

Fort Bliss lost $575,000 worth of mattresses and beds, while damages to floors, ceiling tiles, and electrical systems totaled $632,000 at Fort Lee.

Many military facilities were left "completely depleted, such that no materials remain available for other real-world missions."

Nor were problems limited to the locations listed above, as the report went on to say that "[t]here were at least $2.5 million in damages to Navy installations that did not have permits to house refugees."

"Air Force officials described tables, chairs and cots broken by guests and tents and cots ruined by spray paint, human biological matter and holes," the report continued.

"DoD installations reported that facilities and equipment were overused, damaged and remained in various degrees of disrepair, resulting in a costly maintenance effort," it added.

Tons of money

A Fox News report revealed that the final cumulative price tag is likely to reach $260 million when all repair costs are accounted for. That figure only covers damages and does not cover the cost of feeding and housing refugees.

Physical damage inflicted by refugees is not the only concern associated with their arrival, as many arrived without having been vetted.

"We are not conducting in-person, refugee interviews of 100 percent individuals," Breitbart quoted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as saying during an August of 2021 Senate hearing.

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