It won’t be “America first” when it comes to evacuating people from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
“American citizens will not be given priority evacuation over Afghan SIV (special immmigrant visa) applicants,” he told Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich.
Kirby confirmed to Heinrich that the Defense Department will place 30,000 Afghan refugees with special immigrant visas at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Bliss in Texas following the collapse of Kabul.
“Once we get more airlift out of Kabul, we’re going to put as many people on those planes as we can. There will be a mix … not just American citizens, but perhaps some Afghan SIV applicants as well,” said Kirby.
“We’re going to focus on getting people out of the country, then sorting it out at the next stop. It’s not going to be just Americans first, then SIV applicants,” he told Heinrich.
Kirby said the Defense Department wants “to have the capacity to get up to several thousand immediately, and want to be prepared for the potential of tens of thousands.”
On Monday, thousands of desperate Afghans attempted to flee at Kabul’s international airport. Videos on social media show people running across the tarmac as U.S.