President Biden has restarted flights for thousands of Afghans to the U.S., through the Philadelphia Airport in Pennsylvania, after these flights were stopped due to an outbreak of measles among Afghans residing on United States military bases.
Afghans will now resume these flights from overseas to come to the U.S. where they will get resettled as refugees in 46 states, the AP confirmed. The flights will exclusively go to Philadelphia.
Joe Biden’s huge resettlement operation now has around 53,000 Afghans living on American bases in Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Mexico, New Jersey, and Virginia. The White House hopes to bring at least 95,000 Afghans to the country in total over the coming 12 months.
As part of this operation, Afghans are brought to Philadelphia Airport and Dulles Airport in Virginia before then being taken to military bases where they stay temporarily while going through their vetting processing before being resettled.
Late last month, the United States CDC announced that some Afghans on these United States bases had caused outbreaks of varicella, measles, mumps, malaria, tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, hepatitis A, and covid-19. The outbreaks had stopped flights of Afghans to the United States from overseas.
This week, the DHS announced that it had finished its vaccination against mumps, measles, rubella, and varicella for Afghans and then said that flights would “restart this week.”
There continues to be no requirement for new Afghans to get one of the three available covid vaccines. The White House has said that around 84 percent of Afghans coming in to the U.S. and still overseas awaiting resettlement have gotten a covid vaccine.
Last week, as part of a liberal open border bill, 49 Senate and House Republicans joined with Democrats to pass a plan that will open the door to unlimited Afghan refugees coming to the U.S. and gives taxpayer money to the new arrivals.
One measure of the bill will give driver’s licenses to Afghans and even allows them to get around national security requirements enforced by the REAL ID Act that Americans and other legal immigrants have to follow.
Author: Blake Ambrose
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