The last Afghan refugees waiting to be resettled in Fort Lee have found permanent homes in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.
Fort Lee was the first military installation to receive refugees, who were quickly evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan in August, after the Taliban captured the city. Now it is the first of eight military bases to resettle all of its refugees.
There are still about 45,000 people temporarily housed in Fort Pickett, Quantico, and five other military installations in Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Wisconsin. More than 25,000 have already been resettled.
“We have reached a major milestone,” Senator Mark Warner tweeted Wednesday. “I am grateful for the hard work of everyone in Virginia who helped welcome our Afghan allies.”
It is unclear how many refugees came through Fort Lee. When they first arrived, Senator Tim Kaine said there were “thousands” of refugees there, but he declined to give a more specific figure. By October, that number had dropped to 800. Last week, there were still more than 600, Kaine said at the time.
There were still 7,000 refugees temporarily living in Fort Pickett, Nottoway County last week, Kaine said. At Quantico, there were less than 4,000. They receive medical attention, including vaccinations against COVID-19, measles, mumps and rubella, chickenpox and polio.