By FARNOUSH AMIRI, Report for America/Related Press
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday supplied the primary public look inside a U.S. army base the place Afghans airlifted out of Afghanistan are screened, amid questions on how the federal government is caring for the refugees and vetting them.
The three-hour tour of Fort Bliss Military base in El Paso, Texas, was the primary time the media has been granted broad entry to one of many eight army installations housing Afghans who have been evacuated after the Taliban took management of the nation because the U.S. withdrew its troops final month.
On Friday, Afghan youngsters with soccer balls and basketballs performed outdoors massive white tents. One younger woman was nonetheless sporting soiled clothes.
Some 50,000 Afghans are anticipated to be admitted to the US, together with translators, drivers and others who helped the U.S. army through the 20-year conflict there and feared reprisals by the Taliban.
Members of Congress have questioned whether or not the screening is thorough sufficient. Lots of the Afghans who labored for the U.S. authorities have undergone years of vetting already.
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