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About 60,000 in Afghan evacuation brought to US

Among them are vulnerable Afghans who would be threatened under the Taliban

taliban-members-reuters1 Taliban members pose for a photograph in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 4, 2021 | WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters

The US Department of Homeland Security says about 60,000 people have arrived in the country since August 17 from Afghanistan as part of the evacuation formally known as Operation Allies Welcome.

DHS said in the latest updated released Wednesday that 17per cent of those arrivals are US citizens and permanent residents who were in Afghanistan when the government there fell to the Taliban.

The remaining 83per cent are a mix of people. They include those with Special Immigrant Visas, for people who worked as interpreters or in some other capacity for the US or NATO. There are also other visa holders as well as applicants for visas who have not yet completed their processing. The remainder are various types of vulnerable Afghans who would be threatened under the Taliban, such as women and human rights advocates.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says a small number of evacuees have been prevented from entering the US through multi-layered security vetting but he declines to provide specific numbers of provide details about the cases.  

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