The Biden administration has requested U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) staff to volunteer for assignments to evacuate tens of hundreds of Afghans who aided U.S. forces, in accordance with CNN.
“As chances are you’ll know, nation circumstances in Afghanistan are quickly deteriorating. In response to this humanitarian disaster, USCIS has been requested to be ready to assist the US authorities Operation Allies Refuge,” a notification despatched to USCIS staff mentioned.
The operation launched in July to start airlifting from Afghanistan those that helped the U.S. for the previous 20 years and who now danger being killed by the Taliban.
“Our message to these ladies and men is obvious,” President Joe Biden mentioned earlier this month. “There’s a dwelling for you in the US for those who so select, and we’ll stand with you simply as you stood with us.”
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby advised CNN that as much as 30,000 Afghans — and their members of the family — are eligible for the Particular Immigrant Visa (SIV), permitting them to completely reside in the US. In keeping with some estimates that quantity is much bigger, and might be nearer to 80,000.
On Monday, responding to criticism for not evacuating Afghan allies sooner, Biden mentioned, “There are issues about why we didn’t start evacuating Afghan civilians sooner. A part of the reply is a number of the Afghans didn’t need to depart earlier, nonetheless hopeful for his or her nation.”