The last group of Afghan nationals housed at a military base in Virginia has been resettled, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday.
Fort Lee, Va., Was one of eight installations established by the Department of Defense to temporarily house refugees as part of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Biden administration first began housing refugees applying for special immigrant visas (SIV) there in mid-July.
In total, several 25,000 evacuees have been resettled since Wednesday, DHS said, while the remaining 45,000 are awaiting resettlement at seven additional bases in Virginia, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin.
“When we end operations at Fort Lee, we are incredibly proud of the collaboration that has led to the resettlement of more than 25,000 vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States, to communities across our country,” Robert Fenton, who leading U.S. resettlement efforts, said in a statement.
The United States withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31, evacuating more than 124,000 people as part of the operation, most of whom were Afghans.
Most of the screenings that evacuees undergo take place at military bases in the Middle East and Europe before the United States refugees. This screening includes biometric and biographical screenings.
Afghans are vaccinated for conditions such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), COVID-19 and polio before entering the United States
About 2,600 evacuees are still at bases in the Middle East and Europe on November 15, CBS News reported.