The Biden administration tells nonprofits to brace for the arrival of roughly 50,000 Afghan refugees without visas.
The head of the U.S. Northern Command, Air Force General Glen VanHerck, says 25,000 Afghans are already in the country. He said Friday the military is working to expand housing at eight bases, including Fort Bliss (Army post) in El Paso. About 25,000 more Afghan refugees are on their way to the United States.
“We don’t really know who they are,” Price said. “We have to take their word for it that they’re not terrorists. I think that time will tell, and we will see that at least some percentage of them will take hostile action against American citizens.”
VanHerck acknowledged the Afghans already at the bases are struggling with cultural and language barriers. He said they will be setting up "mayor cells" where leaders will be in charge of a housing unit. More translators are going to be brought in to help communicate their needs. Nine State Department-contracted non-profits are reportedly recruiting more staff and volunteers to help.
“[The Biden administration] didn’t ask the communities what they wanted or what they thought. They just put them on planes, put them on buses, and sent them to wherever they want to send them,” Price added.
It’s also not known if or when the refugees will be given Special Immigrant Visas.