WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill with members of The American Legion on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are working with groups like The American Legion to push for the Biden Administration to approve the evacuation of Afghans who assisted American forces during the war in Afghanistan before the September 11th troop withdrawal deadline. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Crow’s workplace mentioned that the ALLIES Act would “increase the Afghan SIV cap by an additional 8,000 visas,” in addition to “remove the requirement for a ‘credible sworn statement’ regarding the threat applicants face for having worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government, since both public and clandestine reporting confirm that Afghans who have worked for the U.S. face heightened risk of retribution from the Taliban.”

The laws comes amid escalating calls from refugee groups, veterans groups, and legislators including the Honoring Our Promises Working Group for the Biden administration to evacuate Afghan allies and their households earlier than the scheduled withdrawal date. The group mentioned of their letter to the administration this month that “no U.S. entity” can have the “ability or authority” to guard them after September. The New York Times reports that in line with advocacy group No One Left Behind, greater than 300 translators or relations have been killed since 2014.

“After examining this situation through multiple hearings, briefings, and our own offices’ research and outreach, our bipartisan working group has concluded that we must evacuate our Afghan friends and allies immediately,” the Honoring Our Promises Working Group mentioned earlier this month, calling it “a moral failure to transfer the responsibility to protect our Afghan partners onto the shoulders of the Afghan Government. The time is now to honor our promise and evacuate Afghan SIV applicants.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was pressed during an interview with CNN last week on whether or not the Biden administration could be shifting ahead with such an evacuation. He instructed Dana Bash, “[e]vacation is the wrong word,” saying that the administration was working to hurry up the particular visa program. “We’ve added about 50 people here in Washington in the State Department to help do that,” he mentioned. “We want to make sure that anyone who has helped us we are making good on our obligation to help them.”

The Times stories that the common await particular visa processing is greater than three years. James Miervaldis, No One Left Behind chief, instructed the Times that analysis carried out by the group discovered that greater than 90% of Afghan allies they reached had been subjected to a minimum of one dying risk on account of their work. “They are all universally terrified,” he instructed the Times

The battle to save lots of the lives of Afghan allies and their households continued as advocates additionally marked World Refugee Day this previous Sunday, June 20. One of the audio system throughout an occasion marking the day, Rep. Ilhan Omar, mentioned she was aided by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one of many main group advocating for the secure evacuation of Afghan allies. 

“After fleeing my home country of Somalia I lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before seeking hope and opportunity in the United States, and it was thanks to the support of LIRS that I and my family found a home in the United States,” she said in line with Religion News Service. In a tweet, LIRS President Krish O’Mara Vignarajah wrote that “[w]e can evacuate and welcome our Afghan allies with dignity and compassion.”

O’Mara Vignarajah known as on advocates for Afghan allies to contact the White House using this tool here. “For two decades, the U.S. Government has employed Afghan allies to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and other government employees,” the group’s website said. “These allies and their families soon became the targets of anti-American violence. They continue to be threatened, abducted, targeted, and killed for their allegiance to the U.S. and NATO mission.”