Afghan Refugees Coming To Joint Base For Temporary Housing

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JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST – The Joint Base will serve as temporary housing to evacuated refugees from Afghanistan as the United States continues its military withdrawal from that country.

  A spokesman from the Joint Base told Jersey Shore that an announcement made by the Pentagon predated information that was made available to the base but that the Department of Defense had approved a request for assistance to provide the temporary housing and support for evacuees. 

  This is part of Operation Allies Refuge which is an effort first announced last month, to support relocations of those Afghans interested and eligible along with their immediate families who supported the U.S. Government.

  Officials stated that this effort continues the nation’s commitment to Afghan citizens who aided the United States and provides them essential support at secure locations, where they can complete the (special immigrant visa) process safely. The refugees are being welcomed with open arms at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 

  As of August 21, 3,376 U.S. citizens had been airlifted out of Kabul to various locations, according to a government document.

  U.S. Army Major General William Taylor told members of the press today that another 16,000 passengers had flown out of Kabul in the last 24 hours. This brings the number of people America has evacuated from Afghanistan to 37,000 since August 14.

  Taylor said that the military’s mission remains ensuring a steady flow of evacuees who are escaping from Kabul.

  Governor Phil Murphy sent President Joe Biden a letter requesting that refugees be sent to the Garden State. The refugees will be staying at the Joint Base following their flee to freedom from the Taliban.