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WASHINGTON – Fort Bliss in El Paso will be the destination of potentially thousands of Afghan refugees, Pentagon officials said Monday during a news conference to talk about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“As we prepare for even more arrivals, [U.S. Northern Command] and the U.S. Army is working to create additional capabilities to support U.S. refugee relocation, including temporary sights under review in Fort Bliss, Texas and Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, ”said Gary Reed, a State Department official.
“There may be other places identified if there is a need for services that need additional capacity,” he added. “At this point, we are looking to establish 20 [thousand] to 22,000 seats. We can expand if we need to. ”
The Afghan government collapsed in recent days due to the withdrawal of US troops after nearly 20 years in the country. The Taliban have taken control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, leading to a fall in love with civilians at Kabul airport who would desperately leave the country on Monday.
Texas has a controversial recent history when it comes to receiving refugees. In early 2020, Gov. Greg Abbott informed the U.S. State Department that the state would not participate in its resettlement program for refugees after the Trump administration allowed governors to resign.
While many of the refugees will be housed at Fort Bliss’ military base, others may reside throughout Texas in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, the Refugee Services of Texas said in a statement to KXAN-TV.
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