6,000 Afghan Refugees Expected in Houston, Total US Number Still Unclear

Democrats are asking for another $7 billion to resettle Afghan refugees, though the Biden administration has yet to clarify how many are actually here, or coming to the U.S.

We're getting more information from local officials about refugee resettlement.

"We expect to receive more than 6,000 Afghans in all, probably by early next year," Cynthia Colbert from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said this week.

The White House has given loose estimates of around 95,000 total coming into the U.S.

"We need to be concerned about the fact we really don't know who is has gotten out of Afghanistan. And at the same time, we need to be doubly concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in that country," says Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

In September, two Afghan refugees were arrested on assault charges related to incidents at a Wisconsin military base.

"We have no idea for the most part who those people are," says Mehlman.

"Most of them no doubt are just descent people who understandably wanted to get out of there. But as we've learned at a very high cost, it only takes a few people to cause an awful lot of trouble."

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