The US House of Representatives permitted a plan on Thursday to permit an additional 8,000 particular immigration visas for Afghans who helped the United States and are vulnerable to retaliation as US troops full their pullout from Afghanistan after a 20 12 months struggle.
The bipartisan invoice, which handed with a vote of 407 to 16, will now be thought-about by the Senate. It additionally goals to hurry up the processing of the visas.
Representative Jason Crow, a Democrat who led the group that sponsored the invoice, mentioned the extra visas would cowl all doubtlessly eligible candidates within the pipeline. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged final month that there have been about 18,000 attainable candidates.
The Special Immigrant Visa program is obtainable to Afghans who labored with the US authorities or US navy. The United States has granted 26,500 such visas since December 2014.
President Joe Biden’s administration has been underneath stress from lawmakers and advocacy teams to start evacuating hundreds of candidates and their households after Biden mentioned the US navy mission in Afghanistan would formally finish on Aug. 31.
“For too lengthy, there has not been a way of urgency that’s crucial to make sure security for the individuals who put their lives on the road to assist Americans in these tough circumstances,” mentioned Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat.
Concerns for the candidates have additionally been fueled by a rise in combating between US-backed Afghan forces and the Taliban in current weeks, with the militants gaining territory and capturing border crossings.
The United States this month will start evacuating particular immigration visa candidates from Afghanistan and the primary batch might be taken to a navy base in Virginia as they anticipate the method to be accomplished.
US-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in late 2001 for offering sanctuary to al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and its operations used to assault the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
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