“Repatriation flights are not free, and passengers will be required to sign a promissory loan agreement and may not be eligible to renew their US passports until the loan is repaid,” the Overseas Security Advisory Council noted in its security alert for Afghanistan. “The cost may be $2,000 USD or more per person.”
State Dept's Overseas Security Advisory Council said Aug. 14: "Repatriation flights are not free, & passengers will be required to sign a promissory loan agreement & may not be eligible to renew their U.S. passports til the loan is repaid. Cost may be $2,000 or more per person." https://t.co/K9bb3xtoYE pic.twitter.com/2pPo3n64dJ
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 19, 2021
So they’ll bring in paupers from the third world on our dime, fly them to cities across the country, put them up in hotels, but Americans Biden abandoned with the Taliban, you pay for your own flights home. This is a sickness.
Federal law requires that any evacuation of US citizens or other third-country nationals be done “on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable.”
“For evacuation transportation that we arrange to transport you out of a crisis location, you do not have to pay before you board,” the State Department website states. “To board these transports, you will need to complete and sign a form promising to repay the US government.”
State Department said that any evacuees will be required to pay a fee “based on the cost of a full fare economy flight, or comparable alternate transportation, to the designated destination(s) that would have been charged immediately prior to the events giving rise to the evacuation.”
Costs can vary depending on where the evacuation flights go, but evacuees are encouraged to pay for and “leave on the first transport they are able and eligible to board.”
On Thursday, Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, couldn’t provide reporters with the number of Americans who are stuck in Afghanistan and were left at the mercy of the Taliban.
Thursday evening, The Hill reported Price said that people being evacuated from Afghanistan will not be charged the cost of their flight.
“In these unique circumstances, we have no intention of seeking any reimbursement from those fleeing Afghanistan,” he said.
Price’s statement necessitates a need for clarification because, according to federal law, the State Department must seek reimbursement for evacuation flights. The law stipulates that American citizens or foreign nationals have to pay back the cost of an evacuation, which is consistent with the cost of a full fare economy flight.
Biden’s evacuation efforts are in full-blown chaos at this point where Americans are having trouble making it to the airport in Kabul. Taliban fighters are controlling the roads with check points. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently told reporters that the United States does not have the capability to get the Americans out of Afghanistan. For that, either he, or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, or Joe Biden himself should resign immediately. Since none of these incompetents will do that, we have to rely on Congressional oversight. Since none of the Democrats in charge of both houses of Congress will do that, we’re just going to have to hope for the best!
On Thursday, Politico reported that at least one person said State Department staff were seeking large payments of up to $2,000 from American passengers each and even more from non-US citizens.
As with everything else with this administration, the chaos caused by the sheer incompetence of the people running things is causing a lot of hardships for a lot of people. The administration created the chaos, and it seems they’re more interested in covering their own rear ends than doing the right thing by owning up to the mistakes made and doing everything they can to get our people out.
It is looking more and more like president Joe Biden threw out the former Trump administration’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan because Biden has a childish mentality where he couldn’t allow the American people to know that he was following something created by the Trump administration. And because of his suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, he put a lot of people in harm’s way.
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Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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