Calls Grow To Evacuate Afghans Who Helped U.S. Troops To Guam

Calls Grow To Evacuate Afghans Who Helped U.S. Troops To Guam

A special visa program for those who helped the U.S. in Afghanistan will not get those eligible out before NATO forces leave by the September 11 deadline.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

Despite unusual bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, the administration has not agreed to such a move, declining to publicly support something that could undermine security in Afghanistan as it unwinds a war that started after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, DC.

Legislators have urged the administration to consider temporarily relocating Afghans who worked for American or NATO forces to a safe overseas location while their U.S. visas are processed.

Guam’s governor recently wrote to President Biden to say the territory was ready to help if needed.

The Biden administration, for now, is focusing on accelerating a special visa program for Afghans who helped U.S. operations and pouring resources into relieving the backlog.

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