The United States said Monday it was ready to take in thousands more Afghans whose US ties put them at growing risk, but acknowledged a difficult path for its allies as the Taliban insurgents benefit. ۔
Less than a month before the end of America’s longest-running war, the State Department raised the refugee enrollment by about 20,000 afghanis, setting up a program for spokesmen to assist U.S. forces and diplomats. Applied under
The State Department said more priority would now be given to Afghans working on US-based media organizations or NGOs or US-funded projects.
Secretary of State Anthony Blankenship told reporters, “Afghans who have been working with the United States or the International Security Assistance Force for some time since 2001 are facing serious fears of persecution following the withdrawal of coalition forces. Will grow. “
“We have a special responsibility for these people. They stood by us. We will stand by them.”
But it accepted the difficult task ahead for asylum seekers, who first had to leave Afghanistan on their own, and in most cases had to wait more than a year for visa processing.
“You’re right – it’s incredibly difficult,” Blinken said.
“As we see again and again, people have to work very hard to make sure they have safety and security, and we will do everything we can to help them, including the United States.” It’s a different way of coming. A group of people is possible. “
Blinken said the United States would also allow more Afghans to serve as spokesmen or in other supporting roles for US-led coalition forces but did not meet previous requirements on time.
The second flight of 400 Afghan interpreters and their families arrived in the United States on Monday, Blinken said.
Unlike translators, the United States has said it has no immediate plans to expel new Afghans until the Taliban take control of a growing number of border areas.
Applicants cannot attempt to come to the United States directly but need references from their current or former employers. Once they make it out of Afghanistan, processing will take a year to 14 months, a US official said.
Another US official said Washington had not allowed the new applicants to flee, but had asked other countries, including Pakistan, to keep their borders open to them.
But Pakistan was a historical backbone of the Taliban and has seen violence against Afghans, especially the Hazara Shia minority. Just Monday, the United States and Britain jointly accused the Taliban of massacring civilians in a town that had recently occupied the Pakistani border.
Iran is the second largest recipient of Afghan refugees and does not have diplomatic relations with the United States. Another US official said potential applicants had begun moving from Iran to Turkey, which is already a temporary home for millions of refugees from Syria.
The State Department is nominating new refugees under so-called Priority 2, the same level given to oppressed minorities in many countries.
President Joe Biden has ordered the withdrawal of the remaining US troops by the end of the month, despite concerns about the stability of the internationally backed government.
He insists that the United States carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on what could and could be done long ago to eliminate al Qaeda extremists.
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