U.S. to Start Evacuating Afghans Allies in Late July
More than 18,000 Afghans who worked as interpreters, drivers, engineers, security, repairs, and embassy workers for the United States during the war are trapped in bureaucratic limbo after applying for special immigrant visas that are available to people who are because of their Labor are threatened for the US government. Applicants have 53,000 family members, US officials said.
When he announced his plan last month to help the Afghans who had helped the American forces, Mr Biden insisted that his government would not leave them to their own devices.
“Those who have helped us are not left behind,” he said at the time.
The question now is where do they go when they are evacuated? Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby told reporters on Wednesday that officials may have some of the Afghan visa applicants’ “short term” accommodations in bases across the United States while their applications are being processed. This would most likely be done through humanitarian parole, a government program that allows people to apply for entry into the United States on urgent humanitarian grounds.
“I would say the reason we are careful with the information we post is because we are just as careful with the US claim information,” Kirby said to see someone get hurt. “
The vast majority of applicants and their families would go through the relocation process and be transferred to an American base in another country. Options include Qatar, Kuwait, and bases across Europe, as well as US territories, including Guam.
The mission fulfills a promise made by Mr. Biden not to repeat the abandonment of the U.S. allies during the withdrawal from Vietnam and comes as the Taliban gain ground across Afghanistan, occupy parts of the territory, displace tens of thousands and injure or injure hundreds of people kill civilians.
But the news was received with skepticism among former Afghan interpreters.
“You have promised a lot and given nothing so far,” said Omid Mahmoodi, a former interpreter. “I still don’t believe it. There are thousands left behind. “