"We must waste no time or expense in helping refugees safely & swiftly leave Afghanistan ," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "We must immediately welcome them to the U.S. & provide real support as they rebuild their lives."
"The U.S. role in this crisis is indisputable," she noted.
Calling it the "absolute floor," Ocasio-Cortez added, "For all those who lost, sacrificed, suffered, and served in the last 20 years of war and occupation, the United States has a singular responsibility in extending safe refuge to the Afghan people."
She called for U.S. citizens trying to leave Afghanistan to fill out a repatriation assistance form with the State Department and said her office "stands ready" to help constituents needing assistance in their evacuation.
This comes as the Department of Defense prepares to house thousands of Afghan refugees on military bases in the US as the Biden administration scrambles to evacuate the Special Immigrant Visa applicants amid the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan, as per reports.
Up to 30,000 Afghans who worked with the US military over the 20-year war would be relocated to military bases in Wisconsin and Texas, according to a statement from the Defense and State departments, Fox News reported.
“The situation in Afghanistan may lead to DoS [Department of State] allowing Afghan SIV applicants to be moved to temporary housing locations while still being vetted for parolee status,” a Defense Department document says.
The Afghans would be housed at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Bliss in Texas.
“We want to have the capacity to get up to several thousand immediately, and want to be prepared for the potential of tens of thousands,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told Fox News.
Kirby said the deployment of about 6,000 troops will focus on keeping the airport open.
“We are already basically in charge of air traffic control at the airport, so we’re going to be in oversight of the air operations at the airport for as long as we can,” Kirby said.
He said the State and Defense departments are working together to evacuate the refugees and find facilities to house them.
For those Afghans who do not qualify for the special visas, Kirby said the Pentagon is trying to find locations in the US and abroad to house them.