MIL-OSI USA: Mike Garcia Discusses Afghanistan Evacuation Efforts, Biden Vaccine Mandate

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25)

Mike Garcia Discusses Afghanistan Evacuation Efforts, Biden Vaccine Mandate

Appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends First

Washington, November 9, 2021

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Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) joined Fox & Friends First to discuss the State Department’s 72-day delayed response to his inquiry regarding the evacuation of Afghan allies stranded in Afghanistan. Garcia also discussed President Biden’s vaccine mandates for private companies. 
 
Garcia has been outspoken on his opposition to forced vaccine mandates, particularly as the country faces a national supply chain crisis and worker shortage. 
 
“Right now, in the midst of these massive supply chain challenges that we already have, we’re now threatening to close down businesses and make life even tougher for small businesses, large businesses, and their employees,” said Garcia on Fox & Friends First. “You scale this up and this is going to be a huge aggravating factor to the already dismal supply chain problems we have.”
 
On Afghanistan, Garcia discussed how his office reached out to the State Department with an urgent request to get allies out of Afghanistan on August 22nd and did not receive a response until November 2nd. Despite the State Department’s failure to respond, Garcia’s office has helped 108 Americans and Afghan allies evacuate Afghanistan through other channels.
 
“We just heard back this week – 72 days later. If the State Department had a Yelp website, we’d be hammering them for this,” said Garcia on Fox & Friends First. “They’re trying to create the illusion that they’re doing work…Despite the incompetence out of the State Department, our office has gotten 108 individuals out of Afghanistan in the last 8 weeks. 
 
Garcia stressed the importance of continuing to help Americans and allies still stranded in Afghanistan, and the need for leadership to be handed over from the State Department to the Department of Defense. Garcia has called for this change in operational control since August.  
 
“This isn’t a diplomatic mission— this is a hostage crisis, and we need this administration to treat it as such,” said Garcia on Fox & Friends First. “This should not be led by the State Department. They need to hand the keys and operational control over to the Department of Defense. They need to get our kids and our fellow American citizens out of Afghanistan— the story hasn’t changed.”
 
Garcia’s office currently is working to help evacuate 305 Americans and Afghan allies, including multiple California students, who are still stranded in Afghanistan. 
 
Read more from the Daily Caller on the State Department’s 72-day delayed response here. 

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