Following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, more than 75,000 at-risk Afghans were welcomed into the United States via “humanitarian parole,” a temporary immigration status typically only granted for 1 or 2 years to provide safety for people under threat. Given the temporary nature of parole, tens of thousands of the relocated Afghan men, women, and children resettled in the U.S. have been navigating complex legal issues to find lasting protection in the U.S.
On August 9th, we celebrated the bicameral introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act, bipartisan legislation that provides a roadmap to permanent status for Afghans and ensures they can apply to become lawful permanent residents. However, with the Senate neglecting to include the Afghan Adjustment Act in the FY23 Omnibus appropriations bill, now is an important time to urge your Senator to vote “yes” on the Afghan Adjustment Act floor amendment.
We also know that countless vulnerable Afghans were left behind, at risk of violence and persecution. The administration has a moral obligation to establish safe pathways out of Afghanistan, a process to equitably and efficiently welcome Afghans, who are still in Afghanistan or in other host countries, to the U.S., and expand and expedite access to life-saving refugee and SIV protections. Join us in urging Congress to take action!
Tell your Members of Congress to Support and Pass an Afghan Adjustment Act
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Sample Script: “My name is [Insert Name] and I am your constituent from [City, State]. [As a person of faith/a refugee/a veteran/community member], I urge you to vote ‘yes’ on the Afghan Adjustment Act floor amendment (amendment #6594) — and to hold the administration accountable to continue welcoming Afghans who were left behind in Afghanistan and other host countries.
Since the U.S. withdrawal in August 2021, more than 75,000 at-risk Afghans were welcomed into the United States via “humanitarian parole,” a temporary immigration status typically only granted for 1 or 2 years to provide safety for people under threat. We celebrate the bicameral introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act, bipartisan legislation that provides a roadmap to permanent status for Afghans and ensures they can apply to become lawful permanent residents. Without an Afghan Adjustment Act, Afghans that the U.S. government relocated face uncertainty and insecurity – every Afghan family deserves a peaceful and dignified immigration process and a pathway to permanent protection. Congress has historically passed similar bills for vulnerable evacuated populations, and this legislation will strengthen our communities and help Afghans integrate and thrive in the United States. For more information on the bill, check out this FAQ: https://bit.ly/Sept2022AAAFAQ and this factsheet: https://bit.ly/VFAIAAA.
Congress further has a role to play in ensuring the administration creates safe pathways out of Afghanistan, establishes procedures to equitably and efficiently welcome Afghans who were left behind in Afghanistan or other host countries to the United States including by creating a designated parole program for Afghans, and expands and expedites access to life-saving refugee protections. My community welcomes Afghan refugees, and I urge you to do the same. Thank you.”
Amplify on Social Media: Use this sample Evacuate Our Allies (EOA) social media toolkit with sample social media posts, graphics, and additional resources to amplify your message.
- For Afghans arriving in the United States, safety is only temporary.
Our Afghan neighbors deserve better. Congress must pass the #AfghanAdjustmentAct NOW. #Advocate4Afghans
- Temporary safety is not enough.
It’s time to finish what we started. To #WelcomeHome our Afghan neighbors, we must ensure they can rebuild their lives in safety & with dignity.
Tell Congress to pass the #AfghanAdjustmentAct NOW. #Advocate4Afghans
For more resources about the Afghan Adjustment Act and ways to take action, please check out this EOA landing page.
- The Text Messages From Desperate Afghans Left Behind: ‘Show This to the People of America’
- Veterans Need the Afghan Adjustment Act
- Jack McCain: Congress should keep our promises to our allies by passing the Afghan Adjustment Act
- Veterans urge Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act
- National Immigration Forum: Bill Summary: The Afghan Adjustment Act
- Evacuate Our Allies (EOA): Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS): Bill Explainer: Afghan Adjustment Act – 2022
- Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI) Afghan Adjustment Act Factsheet (August 2022)
- Afghan Adjustment Act Explainer
- Afghan Adjustment Act Day of Action Social Toolkit
- Evacuate Our Allies Weeks of Action: Social Media Toolkit
- Afghan Adjustment Act Impact on Afghan SIV Applicants (March 2022)
- Afghan Adjustment Act Factsheet (November 2021)
- Infographic on Different Statuses
- People of Faith Celebrate and Urge Passage of the Bipartisan, Bicameral Afghan Adjustment Act
- EOA’s August 2022 Week of Action Toolkit
- National Immigration Forum’s social media toolkit on the 1-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul
- Letter of support from retired Ambassadors
- AFL-CIO endorsement
- The Afghan American Fund Instagram Post
- The Afghan American Fund Tweet
- Letter to U.S. Women Senators: Stand With Afghan Women By Supporting the Afghan Adjustment Act
- 30 retired military leaders urge Congress to pass Afghan Adjustment Act before the new year
- Five major veteran service organizations