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World Feds Miss Self-Imposed Deadline For Resettling Afghan Refugees Waiting in Indiana

06:40  24 november  2021
06:40  24 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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The request for more funding for Afghanistan refugees will likely spark political controversy given that some Democrats and many Republicans have criticized Biden handling of the evacuation. The White House estimates that 65,000 Afghans will arrive in the U.S. this month and another 30,000 in months ahead. Funding would go to the Defense, State, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments. The money for the refugees would pay for transportation, government processing and public health screenings.

The P-2 Program employed to resettle Iraqi refugees was discontinued earlier this year due to widespread fraud. In fact, U.S. authorities are investigating roughly 4,000 Iraqis for filing fraudulent applications for resettlement in the United States and re-evaluating approximately 100,000 other Who believes that, with ill-documented Afghan refugees , suddenly the feds will perform? Already during the Afghan evacuations, the British government suffered what could have been a devastating security breach. An individual on their "no-fly" list was allowed to board a flight out of Kabul and gain

Around 4,100 Afghan refugees at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury must wait longer for resettlement after the government missed its self-imposed deadline.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb joined state and federal officials at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Edinburgh, Ind, to provide updates on the roughly 4,100 Afghan refugees still waiting at the base to be resettled in the United States. © Casey Smith/Report for America via AP Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb joined state and federal officials at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Edinburgh, Ind, to provide updates on the roughly 4,100 Afghan refugees still waiting at the base to be resettled in the United States.

The refugees have waited more than two months, according to The Associated Press. During a news conference, Aaron Batt, Department of Homeland Security coordinator for Operation Allies Welcome, said resettlement efforts were postponed because of limited resources and the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Biden administration faces the enormous task of resettling well over 100,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan over the past two weeks. Refugees seek help if they are being or fear being prosecuted, in this case by the Taliban. Many of those evacuated helped the U.S. in the war and have been waiting for visas to live in the U.S., which is a different pathway to admission than seeking refugee status. The Biden administration did not anticipate the Taliban would immediately take over Afghanistan as quickly as it did when it pulled out most U.S. forces in mid-August.

More than 700 Afghan refugees have reportedly left the American military bases where they were being hosted after being evacuated from their country, finding their own way in the US rather than awaiting resettlement services. Many of the evacuees were brought to the US under a temporary “humanitarian parole” status. Resettlement agencies have been contracted by the US State Department to help provide the refugees with a smooth transition to living in America. In fact, hundreds have already been resettled in such cities as Houston and Sacramento, California.

Officials set a goal for the refugees to resettle by early November. The new goal is for the remaining refugees to receive resettlement assignments by the end of the year. However, Batt said the holiday season and winter weather could delay the timeline to as late as early 2022.

A total of 7,200 refugees have been through Camp Atterbury, one of the eight locations in the U.S. that the Department of Defense is using to temporarily house Afghan special immigrant visa applicants, their families, and other Afghan personnel. Of those 7,200, around 3,100 received their health and safety screenings then left the base. The refugees are required to be vaccinated against measles, COVID, and other diseases before they can leave.

Indiana is host to about 250 resettled Afghans. Although they were expected to have 490, officials said on Tuesday the state has now committed to hosting 719 refugees, who could be processed at any of the eight locations.

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The limits on refugee admissions were requested by the local nonprofit refugee resettlement agencies that partner with the government to help immigrants fleeing violence and war settle in American communities, two people familiar with the matter told CBS News. "This temporary approach will help expedite the resettlement of Afghans from safe havens to their new communities," the State Department said, using the government's name for the military sites. Another 2,600 people evacuated from Afghanistan are waiting for U.S.-bound flights at military bases in the Middle East and Europe

However, refugees generally, and at-risk Afghans in particular, have been admitted at a trickle this year, as the Biden administration, skittish over an unrelated surge of asylum seekers at the southern border, put the brakes on a resettlement program that had already slowed to a crawl under the If he sticks to next Tuesday’s deadline for a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Kabul’s airport, it’s hard to imagine a scenario that does not consign some, perhaps many, desperate Afghans to a grim future. It’s all the more pressing, then, that the nation fulfill its duty by resettling in this country as many of those

Camp Atterbury isn't expected to have any more incoming refugees, Batt said.

Executive director Cole Varga said Exodus Refugee Immigration, an Indianapolis agency, has aided numerous Afghan families in resettlement over the past two months. Although many have been put in Indianapolis, others could and will get placed in other cities, such as Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Muncie, South Bend, Evansville, Terre Haute, and Hammond.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

"There's so much pride and passion ... and a reminder that all of our purpose while we're here is to help them, to help our neighbors. As far away from where they come from, they're here at home in Indiana and in this country," Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said Tuesday.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development commissioner Fred Payne said the state agency is also helping refugees resettling in Indiana to find jobs. More than 150 employers in Indiana have told the agency that a collective 4,000 job openings are available to refugees, Payne said.

Timeline extended for resettling Afghan refugees in Indiana

  Timeline extended for resettling Afghan refugees in Indiana EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday that they've pushed back their timeline to resettle roughly 4,100 Afghan refugees who are still at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training post more than two months after they arrived there. Limited resettlement agency resources and the coronavirus pandemic have delayed resettlement efforts, Aaron Batt, Department of Homeland Security coordinator for Operation Allies Welcome, said during a news conference. Officials previously said their goal was for refugees to be permanently resettled by early November.

America's Richest Self -Made Women. Feds Sue Uber For Overcharging Customers With Disabilities. Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan have been sent to U.S. military bases or third countries to be screened: at least 20,000 are being Dozens of governors, including a number of Republicans, have volunteered their states for resettling refugees , but not all governors are on board.

A House Republican on Friday publicly pushed back against the Biden administration's plan to resettle Afghan nationals in his home state of Montana and suggested that the refugees are not properly vetted, despite repeated assurances from the Biden administration that they are.

"We're now doing anything from hosting virtual job fairs and making introductions to training and skilling people up for the specific roles that the employers have available to them," Payne said. "We're really trying to ensure that we're doing every single thing that we can to set the people and their employers up for success."

Some Afghans have prior education or training already and are being paired with employers based on those skillsets, Payne said. Other refugees are being offered various job training to prepare them for available openings in the state's workforce.

Varga said Amazon and Walmart have offered "numerous" jobs to some of the refugees being assisted by the resettlement agency.

Officials said an outpouring of donated goods such as food, clothing and toys has been critical to helping the refugees acclimate. Indiana National Guard officials noted that almost 75% of all items that have been donated to the eight temporary housing sites originated from Camp Atterbury.

"That doesn't just happen. ... That is coming from inside, that is coming from who we are," Holcomb said of the donations.

This pilot is bringing Afghan refugees hope on their journey to America

  This pilot is bringing Afghan refugees hope on their journey to America Zak Khogyani served as an interpreter on evacuation flights bringing anxious Afghan refugees to the US. For him the trips brought back memories of how he fled Afghanistan with his parents at age 9.He's walked through Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona, surrounded by swirling sandstone formations formed by flash flooding.

Hoosiers can still donate needed items to the Camp Atterbury refugees through a regional collection system.

Closes-toed shoes in all sizes, men's pants, bras, bottle brushes and fingernail clippers are the most needed, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. New items in original packaging will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the nine Indiana National Guard armories across the state.

There have been a total at 7,200 Afghan refugees at Camp Atterbury, one of the eight sites housing refugees. The remaining 4,100 could wait as long as early 2022 to receive housing assignments for resettlement now. In this photo, a US military service member plays with an Afghan girl in an Afghan refugee camp on November 4, 2021 in Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Jon Cherry/Getty Images © Jon Cherry/Getty Images There have been a total at 7,200 Afghan refugees at Camp Atterbury, one of the eight sites housing refugees. The remaining 4,100 could wait as long as early 2022 to receive housing assignments for resettlement now. In this photo, a US military service member plays with an Afghan girl in an Afghan refugee camp on November 4, 2021 in Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Jon Cherry/Getty Images

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