The Biden administration told refugee organizations to prepare for the arrival of up to 50,000 Afghans without visas, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Nine State Department-contracted nonprofits that resettle refugees in the U.S. are trying to recruit more staff and volunteers to help process arriving Afghans, according to the WSJ. Some of the organizations said they haven’t been told how many refugees to expect or when they might arrive.
“We’re going to make it work, no matter how difficult, but I’d be lying to you if I said we aren’t concerned,” HIAS nonprofit President Mark Hetfield told the WSJ.
The Biden administration reportedly told nonprofits to expect around 50,000 Afghans arriving in the U.S. without visas, according to the WSJ. The organizations said they scaled back operations under former President Donald Trump because a record low number of refugees were being admitted to the U.S.