ロイター reported that more than 700 “independent departures” of Afghan evacuees have occurred since they arrived in the United States, further complicating the resettlement and transition process. Afghans leaving the bases are not breaking U.S. laws and military officials do not have the legal authority to hold them against their will, レポートは言った.
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson said many people who arrived at the bases who did not need to remain, アメリカ市民を含む, lawful permanent residents, and approved Special Immigration Visa holders, departed quickly.
“Other individuals who have departed the safe Havens generally had ties to the United States, such as family members or friends, and resources to support themselves as they settled into a new communities,” 関係者は言った.
The Afghans who left early could have possibly jeopardized much-needed benefits such as expedited work permits. The early exits could create issues down the road, one Citizenship and Immigration Services official told the news outlet.
“It’s a giant can of worms,” 関係者は言った. “This could lead to years and years of terrible immigration status problems.”
The Afghans who arrived in the U.S. are being temporarily housed on eight military bases with more slated to arrive, 当局は木曜日に言った.
“Our Afghan guests are living in a safe and secure environment with climate control billets, eating three healthy meals — and culturally appropriate meals each day, 含む 24/7 grab-and-go options — and enjoying recreational, classroom and other activities,” Air Force Gen. Glen VanHerck said.
Officials told Reuters that Afghans arriving at military installations have undergone security screenings before arriving in the United States. A document reviewed by the outlet warns them about leaving before completing their resettlement.
“Once you leave this base, you forfeit these advantages and may not return,” それは読む.
Afghans leaving U.S. military bases could raise concerns from some following separate incidents in Fort McCoy, in Wisconsin, where two Afghans are accused of attempting to sexually assault children and abusing a woman.
In Fort Bliss, テキサス, a female military servicemember was allegedly attacked by several Afghan men being housed there.