Yesterday, the last group of Afghan nationals temporarily housed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., As part of Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) left the base. The Quantico Marine Corps base is the second of eight Department of Defense (DOD) facilities supporting the resettlement of Afghan nationals, also known as “refuges” to carry out operations. To date, more than 49,000 evacuees have been resettled in communities across our country. These resettlement efforts are led by the State Department in close coordination with more than 290 local resettlement affiliates.
“As another of our safe-haven locations wraps up operations, we remain firm in our commitment to safely welcome our Afghan allies to the United States,” said Robert J. Fenton, Jr., senior response officer. for Operation Allies Welcome. “With operations now complete at Marine Corps Base Quantico, I want to thank all of the Federal personnel, military and volunteers who have enabled more than 49,000 Afghan evacuees to begin to rebuild their lives in America. We are grateful for the support the local community has shown to our Afghan allies and the personnel who work with them throughout this historic effort. “
DOD continues to provide temporary housing to the remaining approximately 25,000 vulnerable Afghans who are in the process of completing their resettlement at the following six shelters: Camp Atterbury, Indiana; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Pickett, Virginia; and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. While in these military installations, Afghan evacuees have access to a range of services, including medical care and resettlement services, and they can apply for work permits.
“Over the past four months, the men and women in uniform of Task Force Quantico have provided unwavering support to Operation Allies Welcome, working with a myriad of partners to successfully relocate more than 49,000 Afghans to their communities. new communities across the United States, ”said Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of US Northern Command. “I met with military, interagency partners and volunteers at each of the eight military installations that supported Operation Allies Welcome during the mission. Either way, I was impressed with the incredible professionalism and compassion displayed, and I am extremely proud of what DOD members have done to help build a better future for these Afghans.
As of December 23, the United States has welcomed more than 75,000 Afghans to the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome, providing them with support and assistance as they begin their new lives in America – and we stand ready to welcome other eligible Afghans in the coming weeks. and months. Before entering the United States, Afghan evacuees must pass a rigorous, multi-level screening and screening process that includes biometric and biographical checks performed by intelligence, law enforcement and law enforcement professionals. against terrorism from several federal agencies. Afghan evacuees are also receiving essential vaccines – which include measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chickenpox, polio, COVID-19 and others – as a condition of their humanitarian parole. All OAW arrivals are tested for COVID-19.
Those interested in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable Afghans can visit www.welcome.us to learn more about how to get involved. Welcome.US is a national, non-profit initiative to welcome and support Afghan nationals as they rebuild their lives in communities across America. Groups of individuals and community organizations may also apply to form a sponsorship circle to directly support arriving Afghan evacuees. For more information on the Circle of Sponsorship program and how to apply to form a Circle of Sponsorship, visit www.sponsorcircles.org.
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