Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, about 39 miles northeast of Philadelphia, is the fourth base that’s making ready to or already has accepted evacuees.
The opposite three bases are Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, and Fort Bliss in New Mexico.
The addition of the fourth comes because the U.S. navy expands its objectives when it comes to what number of evacuees may be housed on the bases.
The highest line quantity, beforehand 22,000, is now 25,000.
“With the 4 bases, what our purpose can be is to achieve the flexibility—not essentially the precise rely—however the capability to construct out to about 25,000 capability,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby advised reporters in Washington. “We aren’t there but, it’s going to take days and weeks, I feel for all 4 to have the ability to mix to get to that degree.”
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst didn’t reply to a question on what preparations are being made and when the bottom can be prepared to absorb evacuees.
U.S. Northern Command mentioned the bottom will present non permanent housing for the Afghans, who’re on particular immigration visas.
Some Afghans arrived at Fort Lee last month. Fort McCoy started accepting Afghans on Sunday.
“This afternoon, particular immigrant visa candidates, their households and different people in danger arrived right here,” Brig. Gen. Chris Norrie, the duty drive McCoy commander, mentioned in an announcement.
The variety of Afghans who arrived wasn’t made clear and the bottom didn’t reply to a request for extra data.
Roughly 1,000 service members from totally different U.S. Military and Military Reserve models are assembling on the fort to supply help for the evacuees.
“The Fort McCoy group is proud to hitch U.S. Military North, U.S. Northern Command and the Division of Protection workforce in supporting the State Division with this mission. We stay up for the chance to deal with our non permanent company with the utmost respect and Wisconsin hospitality as they start their Particular Immigrant Visa course of,” Norrie mentioned.
Many lawmakers have expressed help for welcoming Afghans who’re fleeing their Taliban-held nation, notably those that assisted U.S. troops between 2001 and the current day. However some have expressed concern about how effectively the evacuees are being vetted.
“I’m deeply disturbed by reviews that as many as 5,000 Afghans per day are headed to america—many with out legitimate visas and even primary id paperwork,” Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) mentioned in an announcement final week.
“Biden administration officers have mentioned they plan to move many of those people to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin—however have declined to elaborate on what number of will come, what screening can be carried out previous to arrival, or what is going to occur after they land right here,” he added. “Alarmingly, the White Home has additionally declined to say whether or not these people can be held in custody throughout vetting, or if we are going to see the identical type of catch-and-release coverage we’ve seen on our southern border.”
Main Gen. Hank Taylor advised reporters on Saturday that intelligence, legislation enforcement, and counterterrorism consultants are screening and vetting all Afghan visa candidates earlier than they’re allowed to enter america. He didn’t elaborate.
“Anybody arriving in america could have undergone a background verify,” President Joe Biden mentioned Sunday.
Evacuees are not required to check unfavorable for COVID-19 earlier than leaving Afghanistan, in accordance with the State Division.