Texas, Virginia and California are among the top destinations for tens of thousands of Afghans brought to the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation out of Afghanistan.
Since mid-August, Biden has brought more than 73,000 Afghans to the United States and wants to bring thousands more by mid-next year. Afghans arriving exclusively in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Dulles, Virginia, are temporarily housed at U.S. military bases.
Among these bases is Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where about 4,300 Afghans continue to live before being resettled. A report from Washington Post reveals that Texas, Virginia and California – states with a predominantly Afghan population – are the most sought-after destinations for Afghans arriving.
So many Afghans want to go to Texas, Virginia and California that Biden’s officials are trying to persuade them to settle in cities like Birmingham, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee instead.
Last week, Homeland Security (DHS) Minister Alejandro Mayorkas said the Biden administration resettles about 4,000 Afghans each week across the United States. The latest figures show that the Biden administration has resettled more than 25,000 Afghans so far.
In addition, Mayorkas admitted that “not all” Afghans arriving in the United States have been interviewed in person by federal officials – a standard protocol for refugee control that the 9/11 Commission strongly recommended after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001.
“We do not conduct personal refugee interviews of 100 percent individuals,” Mayorkas revealed.
The Biden administration is so rapidly resettling Afghans across the United States to an unprecedented extent that the temporary housing in Fort Lee, Virginia has closed. About 45,000 Afghans remain at bases in New Mexico, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey and Virginia.
Over the past 20 years, nearly one million refugees have been resettled in the country. This is a number more than double the population living in Miami, Florida, and would equate to annually adding the population of Pensacola, Florida, to the country.
Resettlement of refugees costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $ 9 billion every five years, according to research, and each refugee costs taxpayers about $ 133,000 over their lifetime. Within five years, an estimated 16 percent of all admitted refugees will need housing benefits paid by taxpayers.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Send him an email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter here.
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