Flights of Afghan evacuees from air bases in Germany and Qatar have been halted because of health and safety reasons, throwing efforts to resettle thousands of Afghans in the U.S. into jeopardy.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection instituted the pause, following guidelines from the CDC.
The halt is causing refugees to exceed 10-day limits imposed at Ramstein Air Base by the German government for Afghans to stay at the base.
“The halting of the flights is a problem for the United States in part because many of the evacuees already have been at the Ramstein military base longer than the 10-day limit Germany set in allowing the U.S. to use the country as a transit site,” the AP said of the situation.
There has already been a rapid influx of Afghan refugees in Northern Virginia, where at least one hospital had to turn away American citizens because it had too many Afghans there.
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