Washington, President Joe Biden signed into law a $2.1 billion emergency funding bill that will enhance security at the US Capitol and assist efforts to relocate Afghan interpreters and their families, the White House said in a press release.

“On Friday, July 30, 2021, the President signed into law: HR 3237, the ‘Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021,'” the release said.

The bill was adopted by Congress with overwhelming support on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Biden asked Congress for $1 billion to be allocated towards efforts to relocate Afghan nationals who assisted American forces during the war.

Relocation flights for the first group of Afghans applying for Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status arrived in the United States this week. One known resettlement location is Fort Lee in Virginia, where the SIV applicants and their families will temporarily stay until the vetting process completes.

(Agencies)