Indiana’s Camp Atterbury tapped to house Afghan refugees

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The Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training base will temporarily house Afghan refugees who assisted the U.S. during its 20-year war in Afghanistan, guard officials said Tuesday.

Camp Atterbury was one of eight military facilities around the nation approved by the Secretary of Defense to temporarily house up to 50,000 Afghan refugees in total, the guard said in a news release.

That news release did not specify how many refugees would be living at Camp Atterbury, about 25 miles south of Indianapolis. But U.S. Rep. Greg Pence, R-Indiana, said Tuesday in a tweet that “over the coming week, capacity at Camp Atterbury will build to support approximately 5,000 persons.”

Indiana National Guard spokeswoman Lt. Col. Randi Jo Bougere said in response to a question about how many Afghan refugees would be housed at Camp Atterbury that the guard’s news release contains “the information currently available.”

The training facility near Edinburgh will house “Afghan special immigrant visa applicants, their families and other at-risk individuals” in permanent or temporary structures, the release states.

The last U.S. forces flew out of Kabul’s airport Tuesday, ending America’s longest war following an airlift of Afghans, Americans and others seeking to escape a country once again ruled by Taliban militants.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said in statement that Hoosiers “are proud to do our part and provide a temporary home for Afghan evacuees who have supported this nation.”

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9 thoughts on “Indiana’s Camp Atterbury tapped to house Afghan refugees

  1. Okay…Afghan refugees are being brought into military facilities across the U.S. during the COVID pandemic without knowing their vaccine status or proper vetting (assuming that’s even possible) to determine each person’s threat level. Neat. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that, right? Then what? What’s the plan for them? Assimilate in the U.S.? Return to their homeland?

    1. Quarantine and COVID testing is part of the process.

      Unfortunately explaining to Hoosiers that they can’t stay home because of their support of American ideals makes them targets for Islamic terrorists at home isn’t part of the process …

    2. A greater concern are Hoosiers who refuse to obtain a vaccination or wear a mask or exhibit reasonable behaviour at school board meetings. These people are the greatest threat, not those at a secure military facility who can be tested and vaccinated.

      Why would refugees be returned to their homeland. The US is their new home.

    1. These are people who put their lives at risk to help America. The least that can be done is letting them immigrate to America.

      I am consistently amazed at how a country of (almost completely) all immigrants forgets the past so easily…

    2. They deserve to come to come to the US as many risked their lives to support the US mission which failed to win enough hearts and minds or to change a 1000 years of culture, mores and customs. So called western-style democracy lost. While some Afghani so much desired that change, obviously the majority, rural with limited education, remained more comfortable with tradition. So, those who have been brought to the United States will indeed move to the front of the queue.

      Those at the US/Mexico border are either economic refugees or seek asylum based on fear and political harassment. The situation is quite different.

      In any case the US population is not growing enough to sustain those who are aging (read: pay into Social Security to reimburse those who have been paying their entire working lives). What’s next, required end of life?

      For any who eat in this hallowed nation, either at home or in restaurants, or those who shop — please note that many who work in the fields, meat packing factories, warehouses and kitchens are those who have immigrated to the US from Central America and other places on earth and work under less that ideal situations and often for unscrupulous managers who exploit them as their immigration status is irregular. Who do you think works construction to build such big, relatively cheap houses in Texas, for example. Who do you think in doing the day labor? Who is cleaning buildings and houses . . .

      Yet the US democracy is in a poor state considering the right-wing insurrection and attempted coup on 6 January 2021 which had as an objective to topple more that 200 years of peaceful transition of power. This sad event equally toppled the United States as a premier example of democracy. The constitutional republic that still stands needs a refresh. It could start with direct elections by We The People and abolition of an outdated, unnecessary, and ridiculous Electoral College.