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One military base housing Afghan refugees now has a larger population “than half the towns of New Jersey.”
That was the assessment of the New York Times in an article about Fort Dix, in the Trenton, N.J. area, where many newcomers live in a community referred to as Liberty Village, which provides them with a variety of services.
Up to four planeloads of evacuees reportedly arrive in the Garden State each week via overseas safe havens from the country now controlled by the Taliban.
“There are 11,000 people living there now — more evacuees than on any of the six other U.S. bases still hosting families evacuated from Afghanistan as America’s 20-year war in the country reached its chaotic end in late August,” the Times explained about the facility that is officially known as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
“It is the only location still accepting new Afghan arrivals from overseas, according to the Department of Homeland Security,” the newspaper reported. “It is likely to be among the last sites to shut down, based on its housing capacity and proximity to Philadelphia, the main U.S. port of entry for the new arrivals…Roughly 37,000 of the approximately 73,000 non-U. S. citizens evacuated from Afghanistan are still waiting to be resettled in cities and towns across the country by refugee agencies struggling with a shortage of affordable housing and the sheer magnitude of the operation.”
“In New Jersey, about 3,500 people have left for permanent homes since the first Afghans began arriving on the sprawling base southeast of Trenton on Aug. 24,” the Times recalled.
America is a generous, welcoming country, especially for at-risk individuals and their families who are fleeing repression for a better life.
While resettlement, which is costing the American taxpayer more than $9 billion, is still pending, some Afghans have walked off the base in what the government calls “independent departure.”
“Everyone who leaves the base must have satisfied rigorous security checks and be fully vaccinated. Many who chose to leave on their own have family already living in the United States or close friends who arranged lodging,” the Times asserted.
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Breitbart News claims that based on the latest data, “most Afghan arrivals in the U.S. live on welfare.”
According to a U.S. Senate GOP memo, the vetting of the evacuees, at least in the initial surge, was sketchy, and relatively few of them actually worked with American forces in Afghanistan as translators or in other key functions, the Washington Examiner claimed in a detailed article published on November 24, 2021.
Almost none of the 82,000 people airlifted from Kabul in August were vetted before being admitted to the United States, despite claims to the contrary from the Biden administration, according to a congressional memo summarizing interviews with federal officials who oversaw the effort at domestic and international military bases…
The administration also brought into the U.S. tens of thousands of Afghans who were not qualified. The large majority of people, approximately 75%, evacuated were not American citizens, green card holders, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa holders, or applicants for the visa…
As of early October, just 700 of the 82,000 admitted into the U.S. were determined to hold Special Immigrant Visas, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking Republican Rob Portman of Ohio said in a Nov. 4 speech. A Special Immigration Visa, or SIV, is a special classification for foreigners granted permanent residency as a result of aiding the U.S. government during the war on terror…
The memo also alleged that there was a communication breakdown “between domestic and international screeners…over who was vetting the Afghans, and ultimately, neither group vetted them.”
Many of the Afghans disembarking planes after arriving from overseas bases and transit centers allegedly “had no identification documents.”
Watch a report about the Fort Dix refugee effort from Fox 5 New York: