President Joe Biden’s Department of Defense (DOD) will reportedly accept 30,000 Afghan refugees into military installations following the collapse of Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend.
The refugees are special immigrant visas (SIV) applicants and will be housed at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Bliss in Texas, according to a document Fox News obtained.
“The situation in Afghanistan may lead to DoS [Department of State] allowing Afghan SIV applicants to be moved to temporary housing locations while still being vetted for parolee status,” the document states. The DOD will determine “who is sent forward,” and the military will provide housing, food, and shelter.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told Fox News, “We want to have the capacity to get up to several thousand immediately, and want to be prepared for the potential of tens of thousands” of refugees, noting that American citizens will not be given priority evacuation status over Afghan refugees: