The end of America’s longest war allowed the Taliban to declare victory over virtually all of Afghanistan — and the devastating consequences are not likely to remain confined to that country.
Reports indicate a refugee crisis is now brewing as tens of thousands of Afghan citizens are desperate to evacuate on short notice after the fall of the capital city of Kabul.
“Other persons at risk”
According to the Washington Times, U.S. President Joe Biden has already tapped millions of dollars in “emergency funds” to speed up the evacuation process.
Afghans who worked with the U.S. during the war are reportedly eligible for Special Immigrant Visa status.
As part of his effort to expedite the processing of such requests, Biden ordered the Department of State to free up money to assist those individuals and “other persons at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan.”
Despite multiple warnings from experts in America and around the world, the president said that the Taliban uprising was “unexpected.”
Biden also gave the State Department permission to donate the money to non-governmental organizations, which are often the type of groups that have supported failed efforts to establish a liberal democracy in Afghanistan.
Humanitarian crisis deepens
The surge comes after the Biden administration was blindsided by a Taliban coup on Sunday that left U.S. forces scrambling to evacuate Americans and their allies.
As a result of the Afghan government’s collapse, Biden has been working to bring refugees into the U.S. with little vetting. He does not appear to be fazed by the potential security risks associated with absorbing thousands of citizens from war-torn Afghanistan on such a short timeline.
Instead, the Biden administration is going to great lengths to accommodate the surge, promising to house up to 30,000 Afghans at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Bliss in Texas — even as thousands of Americans remain stuck in Afghanistan.
The evacuation is set to be concluded by Aug. 31, the deadline set by Biden for his planned withdrawal. The White House indicated that the Taliban has guaranteed the safety of any civilians attempting to flee Afghanistan.
Horrifying images surfaced earlier this week that display the desperation of many Afghan citizens, including some who reportedly died while attempting to escape.