The United States mentioned Monday it can absorb 1000’s extra Afghan refugees, fearing for the security of individuals with US associations as America ends its longest warfare.
The State Department mentioned it can increase the eligibility of refugee admissions past the roughly 20,000 Afghans who’ve already utilized — with some being evacuated out — below a program for interpreters who assisted US forces.
“In mild of elevated ranges of Taliban violence, the US authorities is working to supply sure Afghans, together with those that labored with the United States, the chance for refugee resettlement to the United States,” the State Department mentioned in a press release.
“This designation expands the chance to completely resettle within the United States to many 1000’s of Afghans and their fast members of the family who could also be in danger because of their US affiliation,” it mentioned.
The State Department mentioned that the expanded eligibility will embrace Afghans who labored with US-based media organizations or non-governmental organizations or on tasks backed by US funding.
The State Department will even let in additional Afghans who served as interpreters or in different help roles to forces of the US-led coalition however didn’t meet earlier necessities on time served.
The State Department is designating Afghan refugees with US affiliations below so-called Priority 2, the identical stage given to persecuted minorities from various nations.
President Joe Biden has ordered a withdrawal of remaining US troops by the tip of the month, ending the longest warfare in US historical past.
With the Taliban happening the offensive, the Biden administration acknowledges fears for the soundness of the internationally backed authorities.
But it insists that the United States has executed all that it might and has achieved its precedence mission of eliminating al-Qaeda extremists who carried out the September 11, 2001 assaults.
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