Biden’s 50,000 Afghans cost taxpayers $189 million in damages to US military bases


The nearly 50,000 Afghans that President Joe Biden’s administration housed at five U.S. military bases for months through 2021 and early 2022 have cost taxpayers nearly $189 million in damage to the facilities, a federal report found.

Following the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, Biden opened a refugee pipeline that has resettled more than 86,000 Afghans in US communities — many without being personally screened or interviewed beforehand.

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Tens of thousands of those Afghans were initially housed at eight U.S. military bases, including 50,000 specifically placed at Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Pickett in Virginia, and Camp Atterbury in Indiana.

Officials at those five U.S. bases, according to a report from the Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG), found nearly $189 million in damage that taxpayers will have to pay to repair.

Map via Department of Defense Inspector General

As Wisconsin Right Now first reported, Fort McCoy saw the highest price tag in terms of damage associated with housing the more than 12,700 Afghans who resided at the facility.

In all, Afghans caused more than $145 million in damage to the base, including problems with walls, ceilings, floors, doors, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, exterior siding, and most of the facility’s barracks.

Map via Department of Defense Inspector General

At Fort Bliss, Afghans housed at the base caused $575,000 in damage to mattresses and beds, while at Fort Lee there was $632,000 in damage to floors, ceiling tiles, and electrical systems.

Meanwhile, at Fort Pickett, Afghans caused more than $26 million worth of damage to walls, doors, plumbing, HVAC systems, fire alarms, and other things. Damage at Camp Atterbury totaled $16 million to replace mattresses and furniture, and to repair floors, doors, windows, plumbing, fire alarms, and landscaping on the property.

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