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It is unclear how many Afghan refugees have recently arrived in the United States, although they will mostly remain on military bases while undergoing immigration procedures, a senior Biden administration official said during a press call.

About 20,000 Afghan refugees were staying at eight military bases in the continental United States, Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Wednesday.

The Biden administration has warned nine nonprofits contracted with the State Department working with refugees to prepare up to 50,000 Afghans to arrive in the United States visa-free and in need of resettlement, the Wall Street Journal reported. .

“After being tested [for COVID-19] at the airport, American citizens and LPRs [legal permanent residents] they can head to their next destination – home – while others, everyone else makes their way to those military bases I mentioned earlier, “a senior official said during a press call on Aug.24, adding:

There they receive comprehensive medical screening and receive a variety of health services and assistance in applying for things like work permits, before moving on to their next destination. …

Each of these incoming families will be connected to one of the refugee resettlement organizations that our government collaborates with and that does such an amazing job of helping people, in exactly this way, get started and settle into a new life in America.

Afghan refugees passed security and health checks before entering the United States or being matched with nonprofits, the senior administration official said. Afghans who are “quite advanced” in the special immigrant visa process have arrived in the United States with US citizens, green card holders and some vulnerable individuals, the official said.

“Many Afghan refugees have assisted allied forces and have gone through a screening process to address the threat to public safety,” Orlando, Florida Police Chief Orlando Rolón said Wednesday in a public statement to the Task Force for law enforcement immigration.

“Refugees are often forced to leave their countries of origin when there is a significant threat to basic human rights as we know them,” added Rolón. “By working together to welcome and build trust with these newcomers, we can in fact make our communities safer.”

About 5,000 Afghan refugees will temporarily remain at Camp Atterbury, an old army base near Edinburgh, Indiana, now used for training by the Indiana National Guard, Center Square reported.

About 100 Afghan refugees will remain in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where the nonprofit Bethany Christian Services will work with local churches and landowners to find temporary housing for families and allies, WWMT reported. The nonprofit will also help connect refugees with employers, mentors, and transportation.

The first group of refugees arrived in Arizona on August 29, and others were expected to resettle in the state, according to ABC 15.

The El Calvario Methodist Church was helping thousands of Afghan refugees across New Mexico by collecting hygiene kits, snacks, and clothing, including scarves, to make refugees feel welcome, according to KFOX 14.

“I think it’s very important to show them that they’re welcome, especially after they’ve gone through this really challenging process,” said Sam Amick, who traveled from Atlanta to help the church, the station reported.

Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Texas, was expected to host about 350 Afghan refugees, according to KENS 5. The organization was working with religious groups in the city to provide refugees with food, clothing, shelter and other settlement needs.

Spokane, Washington, will welcome between 200 and 300 refugees, said Mark Finney, director of World Relief Spokane, after meeting with Afghans living in the area whose relatives and friends have been evacuated from Afghanistan, The Spokesman-Review.

According to the Courier Journal, Kentucky nonprofits are expected to help nearly 800 Afghans, said Maria Koerner, assistant director of the Kentucky Refugee Office. Organizations in the Kentucky jurisdictions of Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, and Owensboro each expected to assist more than 100 Afghan refugees.

Afghans who arrived in Kentucky entered the United States as part of the Afghan Parolee Support program without visas or refugee status, according to the Courier Journal.

According to CBS News, at least 34 Afghans arrived as unaccompanied minors, some of whom were sent to shelters run by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.