Reports: White House asks Congress for $6.4B to help Afghan evacuees

The New York Post reported last week that the Biden White House had asked Congress to allot $6.4 billion in funding “to help resettle the Afghan evacuees.”

Part of those funds, according to the Daily Caller, is set to go toward social welfare benefits for the evacuees, who escaped Taliban rule after a botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan under President Joe Biden’s watch.

Securing funding

The Daily Caller reported that some 120,000 people were flown out of Afghanistan by the U.S. in August as American troops were completing their withdrawal from the country.

Biden had pledged to help thousands of Afghans who aided U.S. forces during their two-decade-long stint in the Central Asian nation, but it’s unclear how many of those are included in the evacuation count, as the Daily Caller notes.

Those who did make it to America are currently undergoing processing, which is slated be paid for in part with the requested funds.

According to the Post, some of the money will go toward “authorizing Afghan evacuees who have been paroled into the United States and cleared background checks or screenings to receive welfare benefits and qualify for a driver’s license or ID card. To be eligible, all individuals must have been paroled in the US between July 30 and Sept. 30 of this year,” the Post said.

“By being granted parole,” the Post added, “these individuals will have a year-long grace period to apply for asylum or other visas.”

Concerns remain

The White House has said the funding is necessary to ensure evacuees have access to necessary government assistance.

“Without the anomaly, paroled individuals from Afghanistan would not be eligible for resettlement assistance, entitlement programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food assistance, and other benefits,” the White House said, according to the Post.

“The language also authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to adjust the status of these individuals to that of a lawful permanent resident upon meeting requisite criteria,” the Biden administration added.

But while their motive might be noble, with the U.S. economy still struggling to recover from losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are wondering if the money could be better spent otherwise.

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller notes that concerns remain over whether many of the evacuees have been thoroughly vetted. With Biden at the helm, it’s just hard to trust that things are going right in Washington.

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