Afghan Evacuees to be Housed at Fort Lee, Virginia

Approximately 2,500 Afghans have applied for special visas.

The first group of Afghanis being evacuated amid threats to their lives for helping U.S. troops during the war is being sent to a military base in Virginia. “Operation Allies Refuge” should start evacuations at the end of July.

Around 2,500 Afghans who have already applied for Special Immigrant Visas are expected to be sent to Fort Lee, Virginia, while they finish the lengthy application process. Sending them to the military base represents a shift from the administration’s initial statements on looking to send them to allied countries or U.S. facilities outside the continental U.S.

The State Department says an estimated 18,000 applicants are awaiting visas, with an estimated 53,000 family members seeking to accompany them. The application process can take more than two years.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president’s administration as the Afghan people who helped the U.S. military during the war are given shelter.
  • For the State Department and immigration services as Special Immigrant Visa applications are processed for the Afghanis.

Sources: The Hill, Just The News


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