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March 17, 2011
Washington, DC – On Friday, State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh is scheduled to deliver the U.S. response to more than 200 recommendations made by other governments as part of the United States...
March 16, 2011
Washington, DC — Human Rights First condemns the violent military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain that has already resulted in several deaths and mounting numbers of injured. In...
March 15, 2011
Washington, DC – As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Egypt and Tunisia this week, Human Rights First is urging her to make clear that the United States is committed to ensuring a...
March 14, 2011
Washington, DC – Human Rights First is watching with mounting concern the advance of forces loyal to Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Qaddafi.  Noting that the military offensive is being carried out...
March 14, 2011
Washington, DC – As forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrive in Bahrain in the face of renewed protests calling for democratic reform, Human Rights First is urging the Obama...
March 11, 2011
Washington, DC – As uprisings continue throughout the Middle East, Human Rights First is weighing in with recommendations related to the following situations: Libya “Today, ahead of Secretary...
March 11, 2011
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today stated that it is gratified that the United States is approaching its participation in the Universal Periodic Review with a seriousness that reflects the...
March 09, 2011
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today voiced concern about reports of recent violent incidents in Egypt.  The group notes that while instability is perhaps inevitable in this uncertain...
March 07, 2011
Washington, DC – Human Rights First is calling today’s executive order establishing a periodic adversarial review process for detainees held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay a step in...
March 03, 2011
Washington, DC – Egypt’s governing military council, the SCAF, has named former transportation minister Essam Sharaf as the nation’s new Prime Minister. Sharaf now faces the challenge of forming a...

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'We are this generation's Ellis Island': 45,000 Afghans housed at US Army bases still wait to be resettled

Sarah Al-Arshani , Business Insider US
Nov 21, 2021, 09:48 AM

The US airlifted 73,000 Afghans to the US since the Taliban took over in August, Reuters reported. 

Around 45,000 Afghans at US bases are still waiting to be resettled, The Washington Post reported. 

There are also another 26,000 applications from Afghans looking to enter the US awaiting review.

For more stories, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.

Around 45,000 Afghans housed in temporary camps at US military bases are still waiting to be resettled more than two months after they were withdrawn from Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported. 

"We are this generation's Ellis Island," Curtis Velasquez, an Air Force colonel and "governor" of the "village" at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, told the Post. 

The village at Holloman is one of eight areas on US bases set up to house Afghans as they wait to be resettled in the country. Reuters reported that the White House's National Security Council said 73,000 Afghans have been airlifted to the US.

7,100 ended up at Holloman and more than 4,000 are still housed there, the Post reported. 

Additionally, Reuters reported there are about 26,000 applications from Afghans looking to enter the US under a special programme that are waiting to be reviewed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of the Department of Homeland Security. 

USCIS spokesperson Victoria Palmer told Reuters the agency has been reviewing those applications as they come along and most are handled within 90 days but the increase in applications this year would most likely mean delays, but she did not say for how long. 

The Post reported that those on humanitarian parole here don't have an immediate path to permanent residency and lack access to some benefits offered to refugees such as medical and counseling services. 

The Biden Administration has asked Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would give those resettled in the US the ability to apply for a green card after a year. Human rights non-profit groups like Human Rights First have urged Congress to pass the bill. 

"This is an important step toward helping at-risk Afghans arriving in the United States with nothing, following the fall of the elected government of Afghanistan. It is heartening to see Congress recognise that Afghans starting to build lives here in the United States should be provided with the welcome and integration services and benefits they need," Human Rights First Senior Director of Government Affairs Jennifer Quigley said in a press release.

'We are this generation's Ellis Island': 45,000 Afghans housed at US Army bases still wait to be resettled

Sarah Al-Arshani , Business Insider US
Nov 21, 2021, 09:48 AM

The US airlifted 73,000 Afghans to the US since the Taliban took over in August, Reuters reported. 

Around 45,000 Afghans at US bases are still waiting to be resettled, The Washington Post reported. 

There are also another 26,000 applications from Afghans looking to enter the US awaiting review.

For more stories, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.

Around 45,000 Afghans housed in temporary camps at US military bases are still waiting to be resettled more than two months after they were withdrawn from Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported. 

"We are this generation's Ellis Island," Curtis Velasquez, an Air Force colonel and "governor" of the "village" at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, told the Post. 

The village at Holloman is one of eight areas on US bases set up to house Afghans as they wait to be resettled in the country. Reuters reported that the White House's National Security Council said 73,000 Afghans have been airlifted to the US.

7,100 ended up at Holloman and more than 4,000 are still housed there, the Post reported. 

Additionally, Reuters reported there are about 26,000 applications from Afghans looking to enter the US under a special programme that are waiting to be reviewed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of the Department of Homeland Security. 

USCIS spokesperson Victoria Palmer told Reuters the agency has been reviewing those applications as they come along and most are handled within 90 days but the increase in applications this year would most likely mean delays, but she did not say for how long. 

The Post reported that those on humanitarian parole here don't have an immediate path to permanent residency and lack access to some benefits offered to refugees such as medical and counseling services. 

The Biden Administration has asked Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would give those resettled in the US the ability to apply for a green card after a year. Human rights non-profit groups like Human Rights First have urged Congress to pass the bill. 

"This is an important step toward helping at-risk Afghans arriving in the United States with nothing, following the fall of the elected government of Afghanistan. It is heartening to see Congress recognise that Afghans starting to build lives here in the United States should be provided with the welcome and integration services and benefits they need," Human Rights First Senior Director of Government Affairs Jennifer Quigley said in a press release.