Should Thousands of Afghans Receive an Expedited Pathway to Citizenship?

News about Afghanistan has faded from the headlines, but it still remains one of the country’s most critical immigration challenges. The collapse of Afghanistan to the Taliban in August 2021 spurred a refugee crisis of our times and resulted from the first major foreign policy blunder of the new Biden administration. As thousands of Afghans raced to flee their country on a Taliban-imposed deadline of complete takeover, the United States participated in one of the largest evacuation airlifts in history, bringing thousands of Afghans to the United States. Although the rescue mission was intended to evacuate Americans and Afghani military allies stuck behind, many who did not help U.S. personnel during the War on Terror also boarded these flights. Nearly 80,000 Afghan nationals are now in the United States one year later.

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