The Pentagon revealed on Friday that it will open more military bases in order to settle 50,000 Afghan nationals who are applying for SIV (Special Immigrant Visa) status or are believed to be at risk, Fox News informed.
John Kirby, the press secretary of the Pentagon stated that the US is set to open the Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Pickett, both located in Virginia, as well as the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico in order to help and support the US mission in its efforts to evacuate SIV applicants and others who are at risk in Afghanistan.
The above-mentioned bases will accompany the already planned ones, Frt McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Bliss in Texas, and the Joint Base McGuire-Dix in New Jersey.
Kirby said that the Department of Defense will proceed with its support of the State Department and will provide temporary housing, support, and sustainment in the US for up to 50,000 Afghan SIV applicants and their families, as well as other individuals who are at risk.
Kirby also stated that around 7,000 special immigrant visa applicants are already being processed in the United States.