The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to immigrate to the United States through a humanitarian parole process, following a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually, with more than 30,000 The flood has come.
why it matters: Despite earlier widespread efforts by the Biden administration to aid their allies, Afghans face difficult obstacles and lengthy processes to flee the US. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set up unsustainable barriers to a safe haven in the US
- Humanitarian parole has already been used for thousands of Afghans.
running the newsThe US Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun issuing humanitarian parole denials, According to many immigration lawyers and advocates.
- A Homeland Security official confirmed that more than 100 Afghans have been cleared since the summer.
- Now, there are reportedly dozens of denials as well.
Nerdshala. a refusal letter received by Calls for “documentation from third party sources” specifically naming the beneficiary, and outlining the serious damage caused to them,
- Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say that hazard standard Unforgivable given the circumstances in Afghanistan.
- He hoped the administration would use the parole process to allow even more Afghans a fast-track way to enter the United States.
- A 2017 USCIS Training Manual “Explicitly provides directions that they may grant parole to persons who are facing fear of harm due to generalized violenceJill Marie Busse, director of public policy at the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, told Nerdshala.
- “They are failing to use the power of their own guidance to protect the Afghans.”
On the other end: Those already granted humanitarian parole include immigrants who had not yet received their special immigrant visa or other legal protection when they were airlifted from Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of Kabul.
- Humanitarian parole gives recipients a two-year stopgap in the US to complete their applications for asylum, refugee status or more formal programs such as SIV.
- Two administration officials told Nerdshala that the program was never intended as a solution to the established refugee resettlement program or Operation Alliance Welcome, which has brought nearly 75,000 vulnerable Afghans to the US — and counting.
- It is intended only for people in extreme circumstances who are not involved in the operation, and are unable to await refugee resettlement.
By numbers: According to data provided to Nerdshala on Tuesday evening, about 5,000 of those who have already been evacuated from Afghanistan and brought to the US are US citizens. There are over 3,000 green card holders.
- There are 75,000 Afghans – more than 2-in-5 of whom are eligible for SIV because they or their family members have provided assistance to the US government in Afghanistan.
- Others are family members of US citizens and green card holders, journalists, human rights activists, or other at-risk humanitarian workers.
- Roughly 35,000 refugees are waiting at military bases in the US, while another 36,000 are home to states or have settled in new US communities.
- Another 3,200 evacuees are still at sites overseas waiting to be brought to the US.
what to watch: The historic airlift from Afghanistan ended with the complete withdrawal of US troops, but the State Department continues to find and evacuate some Afghan allies through Operation Ally Welcome.
- According to a State Department official, since the August 31 withdrawal deadline, officials have evacuated 479 US citizens, 450 green card holders, their families and an undisclosed number of SIV holders.
- In all, around 2,800 people have been evacuated from US-chartered flights. Kabul airport is not yet fully operational, and there are many challenges including anticipation of winter weather at its height.
- They aim to accelerate efforts to evacuate 1,000 SIV holders and some applicants to third-party countries each month for final processing and vetting – by the time applicants have reached a long enough stage in the process.