House-passed measure includes $6.3 billion for Afghan refugee resettlement, path to green cards


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The White House estimates that 95,000 Afghans will come to the US next year

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The Democratic-controlled House this week passed an ongoing resolution that included language requested by the White House that would fund a $6.3 billion effort to rehabilitate thousands of Afghans, as well as a requirement for them to be eligible to go green. Time table will also be given. leaves.

The perpetual resolution is designed to keep the government funded until December 3 and until lawmakers can pass a budget for fiscal year 2022. It passed the House by a vote of 220-211. The Senate is expected to vote on Monday.


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This includes $28.6 billion for disaster relief, an increase in the loan limit, and $6.3 billion for the Afghan evacuation process – which the administration has said is expected to bring 95,000 refugees to the US next year. That money is designated to clear housing in facilities, screening, humanitarian aid and rehabilitation.

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“As chairman of the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I am pleased that this bill supports Afghan evacuation, including funding to resettle displaced people in the United States and provide humanitarian assistance for Afghan refugees in neighboring countries. $6.3 billion to cover,” Representative Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said in a statement.

“At least 18.4 million people in Afghanistan are in need of humanitarian aid because of conflict, severe drought and the COVID pandemic. We not only have a moral responsibility to provide safe harbors for vulnerable Afghans who fear for their lives, but also provide humanitarian assistance to the suffering people inside Afghanistan.”

But Republicans had sounded the alarm about parts of a White House proposal to allow all refugees from Afghanistan to enter the US to apply for green cards a year after they entered the US. if they enter at any time between July 2021 and the end of September 2022.

The House bill gives the Department of Homeland Security 150 days to make a decision on an asylum application submitted by an Afghan evacuee. asylum is given Can apply for green card after one year.

For background checks and screenings, it only specifies that refugees must complete checks “to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Homeland Security”. It also opens them up to the same welfare benefits that refugees generally receive.

The definition of “Afghan evacuation” is defined as “an individual whose evacuation into the United States from Afghanistan, or a location abroad controlled by the United States, facilitated by the United States as part of Operation Allied Refugees.” was provided.”

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., alleged President Biden “Trying to give unlimited green cards to people who did not serve with our troops and who could also put our safety and health at risk – all while exempting them from the normal refugee screening process.”

A Republican Study Committee memo warned that the proposals would blow up any Afghan citizen in the United States between July 31, 2021 and a path to lifetime welfare and citizenship at the end of the next fiscal year. “

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Stephen Miller, a former senior Trump White House adviser, called the language in the House bill “within tempting scope.”

“This bill is a mass migration bill from Afghanistan,” he said in an interview with Granthshala News on Saturday. “It has nothing to do with any prior service to the US government, nothing to do with special immigrant visas – whatever your view of that program – it is just a mass migration bill from Afghanistan. “

Miller notes that language continuum resolutions are renewed each year and are therefore “perpetual” – meaning that the language can be spread for years to come.

“Some Americans think that a piece of legislation intended to keep government spending going would include tempting immigration provisions,” he said. “The whole point of a CR is to maintain the status quo because the principle is that people are not able to reach an agreement in a timely manner on more real issues, so you don’t cover highly controversial topics in an ongoing resolution.”

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it faces a close vote. Miller said it was up to Republicans to pressure moderate Democrats to break ranks.

“It’s up to the Republicans in Congress to try and raise those issues and I sincerely hope they do,” he said.

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