With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, reports have emerged indicating that a large number of Afghan refugees are likely headed for America.
One of these initial reports came from the Pentagon. The Department of Defense (DOD) revealed to the American public that as many as 22,000 Afghans will be fast-tracked to America.
The refugees are supposed to be seeking Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and P-2 visas, and they are expected to enter the country by way of three military bases, including Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.
The real number
President Joe Biden was one of the first to contradict the Pentagon’s report. During the interview that he gave on ABC on Wednesday, Biden suggested that the actual number of Afghan refugees expected to resettle to America could be much higher than 22,000.
“The estimate we’re giving is somewhere between 50,000 and 65,000 folks total, counting their families,” Biden said.
It turns out, though, that even this may not be accurate. A new report from the Washington Post, suggests that the real number of Afghan refugees could be 100,000.
“About 100,000 Afghans were seeking evacuation through a U.S. visa program meant to provide refuge to Afghans who had worked with Americans . . .,” the outlet reports.
And, other outlets suggest that the number could be higher.
A key question
One key question is “where will all of these Afghan refugees go?” The answer appears to be just about anywhere the federal government decides to put them.
One thing that we have to remember, as Breitbart reports, is that one of the first things that Biden did as president was revoke former President Donald Trump’s executive order that allowed local governments to turn down refugees.
In other words, you, through your local government, have no say in whether the federal government drops a large number of refugees, Afghan or otherwise, into your community. This is probably what is going to happen, and we know what the result will be.
As Breitbart reports, “Refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers nearly $9 billion every five years, according to research, and each refugee costs taxpayers about $133,000 over the course of their lifetime. Within five years, an estimated 16 percent of all refugees admitted will need housing assistance paid for by taxpayers.”