U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to provide Afghans with 8,000 special visas
Fearing reprisals from the Taliban, the United States will evacuate thousands of Afghans and their families.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming majority on Thursday to approve the issuance of 8,000 special visas to Afghans who served in the United States during the Afghan occupation. These visas will end in 20 years.
The bill, now submitted to the U.S. Senate, will expand special visa eligibility to the families of Afghans and employees of non-governmental organizations who have died while working for the United States.
The Taliban threatened to take over Afghanistan after the departure of US and NATO forces at the end of August and to make progress on half of the country’s battlefields, occupying local areas and key border crossings during slow peace negotiations.
In the “Allied Asylum Operation”, the U.S. government is Planned evacuation Up to 20,000 Interpreters in Afghanistan, Contractors and security personnel and their families travel to the United States. First, approximately 2,500 Afghans and their families will fly to Fort Lee, a U.S. Army base in Virginia. While processing immigration applications, there were thousands of people waiting to be evacuated to a US base in a third country.
The House bill was initiated by Jason Crow, a Democrat who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and a former U.S. Army Ranger Rep. Jason Crow, and was widely supported by Democrats and Republicans. It was passed by 407 votes to 16 votes. .
When we withdraw from Afghanistan, we must do the right thing to our Afghan partners who are fighting alongside us.
Today, we took action by @RepJasonCrow, To expand the visa program and ensure that our Afghan partners can safely evacuate.
Their lives depend on our keeping our promises.
-Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 22, 2021
A coalition of more than 20 U.S. news organizations sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Congress requesting that Afghans working with the U.S. media as reporters, translators, and support personnel leave Afghanistan safely.
According to a media letter, the U.S. troops are now withdrawing from Afghanistan, and these people “are afraid of the Taliban being retaliated against for bravely contacting the U.S. media.”
“They and their families face the same threat of retaliation by the Taliban,” just like the Afghans who work for the US military and government agencies.
According to the News Media Alliance, these letters stated that the Taliban “considered American media as legitimate targets” and “has been carrying out campaigns to threaten and kill journalists for a long time.”
With the support of President Biden, a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate is preparing similar legislation to expand the U.S. visa quota for Afghans and relax administrative requirements to expedite the plan.
On July 19, Democratic leader and Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement: “The deteriorating situation in Afghanistan is shocking, and this highlights the need for those who are most vulnerable to Taliban violence and oppression. In terms of how unstable the situation is.” Legislation to be finalized.
General Mark Milley, a senior U.S. military officer and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated at the Pentagon on July 21 that armed Taliban fighters appeared to have acquired “Strategic Motivation” Oppose the forces of the Kabul government supported by the West.
“What they are trying to do is isolation The main population center,” Milly said.