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Urge the Biden Administration to Protect Afghans Who Have Been Left Behind
The United States has a long history of protecting and welcoming the world’s most vulnerable on our shores—but that legacy is at risk. Following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, attacks against Afghan nationals who remain in-country are rising. The military evacuation efforts brought some to safety, but additional action must be taken now to ensure all who have been waiting for years to relocate to the United States and those who seek protection from new waves of violence by the Taliban and other actors are able to find safety within our borders.

Though the military evacuation brought over 75,000 Afghans to safety, tens of thousands of at-risk Afghans were left behind. Since the evacuation, an estimated 45,000 applications for humanitarian parole (Form I-131) have been filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

If granted humanitarian parole, these Afghans could reunify with loved ones brought through the evacuation effort and find protection from persecution and violence. We urge USCIS to change course and for the Biden Administration to use its authority to continue relocation efforts to protect those at risk. LIRS and our partners in the Evacuate Our Allies coalition call upon the Biden administration to create new pathways of protection and provide a robust humanitarian response for Afghans who have been left behind. This response should include creating a streamlined and efficient humanitarian parole program, as has been done for Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion, and expanding protection pathways so that Afghans can access consular and other services in third countries.

Join us and send a message to President Biden today! Urge the President and the administration to provide urgent humanitarian protections, including creating a designated parole program, re-opening and re-envisioning consular services, creating safe pathways for Afghans to access third countries, and establishing protections for the vulnerable women and children still in Afghanistan.

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