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Biden authorizes $100 million in emergency funds for Afghan refugees

EconomyJul 24, 2021 06:35AM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday authorized up to $100 million from an emergency fund to meet "unexpected urgent" refugee needs stemming from the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration visa applicants, the White House said.

Biden also authorized the release of $200 million in services and articles from the inventories of U.S. government agencies to meet the same needs, the White House said.

The United States is preparing to begin evacuating thousands of Afghan applicants for special immigration visas (SIVs) who risk retaliation from Taliban insurgents because they worked for the U.S. government.

The first batch of evacuees and their families is expected to be flown before the end of the month to Fort Lee, a U.S. military base in Virginia, where they will wait for the final processing of their visa applications.

About 2,500 Afghans could be brought to the facility, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Richmond, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The Biden administration is reviewing other U.S. facilities in the United States and overseas where SIV applicants and their families could be accommodated.

Special immigrant visas are available to Afghans who worked as translators or in other jobs for the U.S. government after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would expand the number of SIVs that could granted by 8,000, which would cover all potentially eligible applications in the pipeline.

About 18,000 such applications are being processed, U.S. officials say.

Biden authorizes $100 million in emergency funds for Afghan refugees
 

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jul 25, 2021 5:19PM ET
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It's going to ****for the ones left behind again.  Maybe they'll go back to using the foreign built stadiums for public executions.
Donny sr
Donny sr Jul 25, 2021 7:26AM ET
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Another mistake! If eere not dtrong their. Theyll come over here, or build up agin…Remember ISIS HOW THEY WERE FORMED!
Darren Caris
Darren Caris Jul 24, 2021 11:29PM ET
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That money could have gone to feed our homeless
melissa raking
melissa raking Jul 24, 2021 10:56PM ET
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This is not unexpected. Biden already present this budget during the debate last year. Biden may not said Afghanistan but the amount was in his plan. American has made this choice, why now shed tears?
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Jul 24, 2021 6:54PM ET
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Print Print Print . Joe keep Printing Money
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Jul 24, 2021 4:32PM ET
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America you've left a terrible mess behind....you will reap what you sow.
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 11:59AM ET
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this thread have just shown the world how rac/ist alot of Americans are. bunch of ungrateful astards, these siv applicants have saved more American soldiers than you ra/cist ppl will ever will, saved on a war started by the US government in their land to control oil and is mostly supported by wite x/tian Americans.
HD HD
HD HD Jul 24, 2021 11:59AM ET
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agreed.
Marec Huber
Marec Huber Jul 24, 2021 11:59AM ET
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It's due to their lack of knowledge and human behavior.Currently there's lots of racism and hate being provoked in the world.A purposeful influence to create disunity.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Jul 24, 2021 11:59AM ET
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Marec Huber democrat communists
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Jul 24, 2021 11:59AM ET
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palmer gossett right wing fascism.
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 11:57AM ET
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this thread have just shown the world how racist alot of Americans are. bunch of ungrateful bastards, these siv applicants have saved more American soldiers than you racist ppl will ever will, saved on a war started by the US government in their land to control oil and is mostly supported by wite xtian Americans.
Alex Malmstrom
Alex Malmstrom Jul 24, 2021 11:57AM ET
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Go home, comrade!
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 11:57AM ET
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Alex Malmstrom facts over feelings klan mate
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jul 24, 2021 11:20AM ET
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Quit spending my tax dollars.
HD HD
HD HD Jul 24, 2021 11:20AM ET
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stop invading other countries
Tyler Phillis
Tyler Phillis Jul 24, 2021 11:20AM ET
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HD HD apperantly you were born yesterday.
Vik Raj
Vik Raj Jul 24, 2021 10:44AM ET
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Evacuation has left the can of worms open to the world, incl US.
Josh Modern
JoshModern Jul 24, 2021 10:22AM ET
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bush's mess
Pilot TwoFive
Pilot TwoFive Jul 24, 2021 10:22AM ET
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Yep, should have just done nothing for the attacks on us.  You are a coward.
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 10:22AM ET
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not one Afghanistan was a culprit on 911 though, it was mostly Saudi citizens. maybe if u don't eat the daily dose of fearmongering of the right and actually study I would know. btw u r the coward here, u want to deny citizenship to afghan ppl who chose to betray their home country in support of America, who where also btw PROMISED a path to citizenship in doing so.last time I check a person who likes to not keep promises or support such acts are the real cowards by definition.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 24, 2021 10:22AM ET
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Pilot TwoFive terrible strawman from keyboard warrior.
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Jul 24, 2021 10:22AM ET
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Most of the attackers are from Saudi, instead of focusing on Saudi, the root of the problem, we spent most of our money fighting taliban (not Osama who received funds from Saudi), and went after Saudi enemies like Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco... Dude, learn something before making comments. You are lied to by CIA and our president.
King Power
King Power Jul 24, 2021 9:31AM ET
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This administration isn't making things better for anyone. Please retire Biden!
Josh Modern
JoshModern Jul 24, 2021 9:31AM ET
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you lie. he's actually doing something
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 24, 2021 8:46AM ET
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By the way, after 20 years the US Accomplished nothing being over there. Life’s, time, and money wasted.
Pilot TwoFive
Pilot TwoFive Jul 24, 2021 8:46AM ET
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Killed a bunch of terrorists including the mastermind of 9/11.  How quickly people have forgotten.
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 8:46AM ET
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the 911 mastermind was not born or lived from Afghanistan though. he was born from Kuwait. is a Pakistani and was arrested far far away from Afghanistan.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 24, 2021 8:46AM ET
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Terrorist was created to justify more war and military spending.War is when rich people send poor people to die so they can make more money. It can be resources, anything. That simple.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 24, 2021 8:46AM ET
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Terrorist was created to justify more war and military spending.War is when rich people send poor people to die so they can make more money. It can be resources, anything. That simple.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 24, 2021 8:45AM ET
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By the way, after 20 years the US Accomplished nothing being over there. Life’s, time, and money wasted.
Jon Benton
Jon Benton Jul 24, 2021 8:16AM ET
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How about a pat on the back. We did just bomb them of the f'ing Taliban !Grow some balls and fight back !
Darryl Allen
Darryl Allen Jul 24, 2021 7:39AM ET
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Not a single American that could use the money?
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 7:39AM ET
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they are honorary American mate. our government promised them path to citizenship if they betrayed their country in a war we started remember? this people directly and indirectly saved more American soldiers you could ever count.
Bart Verdoorn
Bart Verdoorn Jul 24, 2021 7:34AM ET
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You selfish ***s. These Afghans have helped you and all you think about are big macs and owning a big house and alike car
Tim Dunsworth
Tim Dunsworth Jul 24, 2021 7:34AM ET
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We helped them, wake up they would have been killed by now..
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 7:34AM ET
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alot of racist folks here bud. I'll bet my *******a bunch of this sick bastardsare xtian who eats the fear mongering pill daily. those afghan siv applicants will be forever more American than any of this racist bastards will, as they actually risked their lives in favor of murica and literaly saved American soldier's lives from a war in their country that we started.
Cali Cartel
Cali Cartel Jul 24, 2021 7:09AM ET
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Thankyou for bringing the taliban here
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Jul 24, 2021 6:46AM ET
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Spending other people aka public money is Burisma Joe favorite business, while own family wealth grows.
Joseph Johnson
Joseph Johnson Jul 24, 2021 1:26AM ET
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that money could be used to build better homeless housing and job training awareness programs and get people back to working in america.
Joseph Johnson
Joseph Johnson Jul 24, 2021 1:24AM ET
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what about our own country and the many homeless and poor personnel living here in the united states...
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 24, 2021 1:24AM ET
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I tough conservatives hate the government using taxes to help others too? remember the slogan all social program is socialist program and all socialist things is communist?
raymond djon
raymond djon Jul 23, 2021 7:03PM ET
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Imagine if democrats cared as much for all the legal homeless citizens lining the streets of their cities/states, as they do on the voters they are trying to import.
raymond djon
raymond djon Jul 23, 2021 7:03PM ET
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Nancy Pelosi, a career politician, has a reported networth of over $150 million and owns many properties including at least one vineyard. Meanwhile, her home state is literally littered with homeless people.
Richard Tomlin
Richard Tomlin Jul 23, 2021 6:47PM ET
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watch he is going funding our enemy look for more building in our country being blown up it is like funding terrorism
skriller bee
skriller bee Jul 23, 2021 6:47PM ET
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racist detected. this applicants will always be more American than u will ever be, ask any American veterans who got deployed in Afghanistan. this ppl chose to betray their country in favor ours after being promised to have a pathfor citizenship and you and ur spineless ilk choose to go back from that promise after starting a war in their land.
 
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