Biden has approved $100 million in emergency financing for the resettlement of Afghan refugees.
According to the White House, US President Joe Biden has authorised up to $100 million from an emergency fund to cover “unexpected urgent” refugee requirements resulting from the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigrant visa applicants. On Friday, Biden also authorised the release of $200 million in services and items from the inventories of US federal agencies to meet the same demands.
The US is ready to begin evacuating thousands of Afghan candidates for special immigration visas (SIVs) who are under threat from the Taliban because they have worked for the US administration. The first group of evacuees and their families are likely to be flown to a US military post in Virginia before the end of the month to await the final processing of their visa application. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, reaffirmed Biden's support for Afghan President. She stated that Biden was planned to call Ghani later in the day.