The United States intends to send Afghan evacuees who fail to pass initial exams to Kosovo, which has agreed to house them for up to a year for additional treatment, a U.S. official told the United States on Saturday. ‘Associated Press.
The U.S. plan is likely to meet objections from refugee advocates, who already complain about a lack of public disclosure and uncertain legal competence in the Biden administration’s use of transit sites in the United States. stranger to screen many of the approximately 120,000 Afghans, Americans and other evacuees from the Taliban-held area. Afghanistan.
The US official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plan. This was the first disclosure of what the United States intends to do for Afghans or other evacuees who have failed to pass the early stages of testing or whose cases require more time. .
Other countries have been reluctant to remove evacuees who could pose security concerns for the United States.
Most Afghan evacuees complete treatment within days at large transit sites that U.S. government workers quickly set up at military bases in Qatar, Germany and Italy, as well as smaller sites elsewhere. These evacuees then pass through the airports of Philadelphia or Washington Dulles to relocate to the United States.
Other U.S. officials have said they expect most or all Afghans whose cases may initially raise red flags or questions to pass further scrutiny.
The US official said the transit centers “provide a safe place for various groups …
The United States will use a military camp, Bondsteel, which houses the U.S. military near the capital of Kosovo for the subsequent screening and treatment of evacuees destined for resettlement in the United States, the U.S. official said.
A site down the road that once housed road crews will temporarily house evacuees to other NATO countries, under NATO management and care, the official said.
Germany and Italy have each set deadlines of no more than two weeks for the American processing of everything evacuated on their soil.
The Muslim-majority Kosovo sees itself as a close ally of the United States since the United States waged a NATO air campaign against Serbian forces brutalizing Kosovo civilians in 1999. Its leaders have accepted stays of one year for evacuees, with the possibility of an extension.
Refugee organizations say the United States has not been open or efficient in its handling of evacuees at overseas transit centers.
“There is just a staggering lack of transparency from the administration about what is going on, who is there… the main American refugee working with Afghans trying to escape the Taliban.
He spoke before the Biden administration revealed its plans for the Kosovo site.
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