President Joe Biden is reportedly preparing to accept a large number of Afghan refugees into the U.S. following his administration’s botched troop withdrawal from that war-torn country.
Pentagon releases latest estimates
During the last administration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that gave state and local officials the power to stop the federal government from resettling refugees into their communities. As with other Trump-era policies, however, critics challenged it in court.
In January 2020, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction requested by refugee advocates that essentially rescinded the power Trump’s order gave to state and local governments.
That decision was subsequently upheld on appeal — and for good measure, Biden rescinded the order shortly after he took office earlier this year.
As a result, local governments now have virtually no say in whether federal authorities resettle refugees into any community across the country.
The Pentagon asserted this week that as many as 22,000 Afghan citizens are heading to America. They are expected to enter via Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.
Staggering costs to American taxpayers
According to military officials, most of those arriving would be applying for Special Immigrant or P-2 visas.
As the Washington Post explained, the Pentagon might have grossly underestimated the number of Afghan refugees seeking resettlement in the United States. That report suggests that the actual number could top 100,000, if not substantially more.
In addition to rescinding Trump’s executive order, Biden has exacerbated the situation by allocating an additional $500 million for aid to Afghan refugees.
Breitbart added that refugee resettlement already costs taxpayers “nearly $9 billion every five years” with the average refugee resulting in roughly $133,000 in expenses during his or her life. About 16% of refugees admitted into the U.S. will go on to require subsidized housing within five years.
More troubling still is the fact that, as it stands, local leaders will have no say in how many refugees might be released into a community.