Tucker Carlson, Fox News’ host on Monday night, launched into a tirade about Afghanistan. He claimed that there was a possibility for Afghan refugees to “invade” America.
If history is any guide, which it is always, we will see many Afghan refugees resettle in this country in the next months, most likely in your area. And over the next decade, that number may swell to the millions,” Carlson said.
“So first, we invade, then we are invaded.” Carlson said that it is always the same.
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Carlson criticised Sen. Mitt Romney’s position on Afghanistan during his segment. On August 13, Romney sent a tweet saying the US “must not stand idly by as (its) Afghan friends are brutalized by the Taliban.” Romney also asked President Joe Biden to urgently “hurry to defend, rescue and give asylum”
Carlson ridiculed Romney’s message, saying: “There’s plenty of time to spare as Americans are dying from fentanyl ODs. Millions of foreign nationals whose identities can’t be confirmed move here. What about bringing Afghans into our country? We have no time to waste!”
The US has a special program for a specific category of Afghan refugees called the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV). These visas are given to those who have worked for the US military. Translators and interpreters could be at risk due to the Taliban taking over Afghanistan.
Chris Mitchell, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense, told Insider that the Department would provide temporary housing, support, and assistance in the US to up to 22,000 Afghan SIV applicants, as well as their families. Insider reported on Monday that the Department could potentially be housing Afghan refugees in military garrisons like Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.
After a quick withdrawal of US troops in the last few months, the Taliban took power. Video and photos show people trying desperately to flee Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. They climb a jet bridge and hold onto the sides of a US Air Force aircraft.
On Monday, at least five people were killed as Afghans attempted to flee Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. A Twitter photo showed slippers strewn across the tarmac, left behind during the frenzy.