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February 22, 2011
Washington, DC – As people throughout the Middle East and North Africa continue to demand their basic rights and freedoms in the face of repression from their governments, Human Rights First is...
February 21, 2011
Washington, DC – On the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Washington Human Rights Summit,  Human Rights First, Freedom House, the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, the Indonesian...
February 17, 2011
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today condemned the early morning violent crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protestors camped out in Manama, Bahrain’s Pearl Square and urged the Obama...
February 15, 2011
Washington, DC – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing today titled "A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government's Failure to...
February 15, 2011
Washington, DC – Human Rights First is calling today’s internet freedom speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a down payment on the administration’s promises to enforce the freedom to connect...
February 15, 2011
Washington, DC – Today, Noor Uthman Muhammed, a Sudanese man held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay for nine years, pled guilty to conspiracy and material support based on allegations...
February 14, 2011
Washington, DC - A day before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to deliver a major policy speech on internet freedom, Human Rights First reports that politically motivated enforcement of laws...
February 11, 2011
Washington, DC – Following the announcement that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as Egypt’s President, Human Rights First’s Neil Hicks issued the following statement: “Vice President Suleiman’s...
February 11, 2011
Washington, DC – This evening, as events in Egypt continue to unfold, Human Rights First’s Neil Hicks issued the following statement: “President Mubarak’s vaguely worded speech this evening, and...
February 10, 2011
Washington, DC – This afternoon, in response to remarks delivered by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Human Rights First’s Neil Hicks issued the following statement: “President Mubarak’s statement...

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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.