URGENT ACTION: Support the Afghan Adjustment Act
Over 70,000 Afghans were evacuated to the United States in the summer of 2021. These individuals included translators who helped U.S. troops, women rights activists, religious minorities, and others who were fleeing violence and persecution and were resettled in communities across the United States. Most of the Afghans who were evacuated were brought into the United States in a temporary immigration status as “parolees.” However, when such status expires typically after one or two years, these parolees will be left in legal limbo. While many will be applying for asylum, the asylum systems is already significantly backlogged. Tens of thousands of evacuated Afghan men, women, and children resettled in the U.S. will need to navigate complex legal issues to find more lasting protection in the U.S. We are advocating for the Afghan Adjustment Act so Afghans who were evacuated will be able to adjust status in the United States. The United States has historically done this for other populations including Cubans, Southeast Asians and Iraqis and we must do it again for Afghans.