Tell Congress to Pass the Afghan Adjustment Act

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer

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In August 2021 as the United States military withdrew from Afghanistan, tens of thousands of U.S.-affiliated and at-risk Afghans have been welcomed into the U.S. while even thousands more wait to be welcomed via Humanitarian Parole. 44% of those who have arrived are children.

The Department of Homeland Security has the authority to grant humanitarian parole for 1-2 years to provide safety for people under threat, but unlike other immigrant visa or refugee programs, humanitarian parole is temporary and is not a pathway to another, long term, status. This leaves thousands of Afghans who have fled and arrived in the United States in a legal limbo without the chance of long term safety.

We’re calling on congress to address this concern by passing the Afghan Adjustment Act which would offer Afghan refugees arriving with humanitarian parole the chance to apply for lawful permanent resident status, the same status they would have received if they would have had the time to arrive as refugees.

As said by out partners with the Evacuate Our Allies Coalition:

“In short, the effect and purpose of this legislation is to put our new Afghan neighbors on the same legal footing they would have enjoyed had they been admitted through the U.S. resettlement program, rather than through the chaotic and dangerous Kabul evacuation.”

Sign our petition to show your support for Afghan arrivals. We'll be sending a letter to congress detailing how many individuals joined this petition and our shared views that the Afghan Adjustment Act should be passed NOW!

***WE SENT THIS PETITON ONCE FOR THE FEB 18th FEDERAL FUNDING DEADLINE, BUT WE'RE SENDING IT AGAIN AHEAD OF MARCH 11th TO MEET ANOTHER KEY VOTE DEADLINE***

Petition by
Kaitlyn Kline
Reno, Nevada

To: Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer
From: [Your Name]

Dear Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,

Since August of 2021, 76,000 Afghan evacuees have landed in our country seeking safety from known dangers of the Taliban. Even more are in hiding or awaiting long term resettlement in a third-country. While many of the evacuees have been women’s rights advocates, journalists, U.S. military interpreters, embassy workers, and other advisors who assisted the U.S. mission, 44% of Afghans who fled Afghanistan are children. Despite eligibility for Special Immigrant Visas or refugee status, due to delays before the evacuation and the nature of such a hasty withdrawal, most Afghan arrivals have come here under humanitarian parole. ​

Attached are [1200] signatures from individuals around the country urging you to protect our Afghan allies, their families, and other at-risk Afghans who have made it to our communities by supporting the passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act. The adjustment act would offer Afghan refugees arriving with humanitarian parole the chance to apply for lawful permanent resident status, the same status they would have received if they would have had the time to arrive as refugees.

Our country is not only home to other refugees and volunteers currently welcoming new Afghan arrivals, our country is also home to veterans who served overseas in Afghanistan and made friendships with Afghans while there. The refugee community and veteran community are asking us to take action to do more to welcome Afghans and ensure their long term safety in the U.S. Failure to do so will cause irreparable harm to the Afghan families already living in our communities as well as cause serious moral injury to our service members, many of whom have been on the front lines of advocating for evacuating our Afghan allies to safety.