Statement from Refugees International Director for the Americas and Europe Yael Schacher:
“Refugees International applauds today’s reintroduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act, bipartisan legislation that would give Afghans paroled into the United States in the wake of the withdrawal from Afghanistan the ability to apply for permanent legal residency.
The legislation provides a faster and secure way to give Afghans certainty about their futures and the ability to finally focus fully on rebuilding their lives. Congress, as it has in the past, must support those who aided the U.S mission abroad—and who are now contributing to communities here in the United States—by passing this legislation. There is no substitute.
For so many Afghans, and particularly for women whose lives were changed by the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, this support is now more important than ever. They have lost so much in the last two years, and yet have so much they want to do and to give if given the chance.”
Take a few minutes to urge your members of Congress to support the Afghan Adjustment Act here.
Read Refugees International’s recent report about Afghans—including many women and girls—who fled to Pakistan since August 2021 and are stuck in limbo while awaiting resettlement to the United States.
To schedule an interview, please contact Refugees International Vice President for Strategic Outreach Sarah Sheffer at email@example.com.
Featured Image: An Afghan family restarting their lives in Sacramento, California after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 17, 2022. (MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES)