Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Afghan Adjustment Act introduced today, would create a path to citizenship for evacuated Afghans


The law would directly impact the lives of 76,000 Afghans who were evacuated to the United States, most of whom have now been resettled in communities across the country. The big impact: It would provide a pathway to permanent residency and to citizenship for allies who currently have none.


Almost all were admitted to the U.S. under what is called humanitarian parole. That’s a permission to enter the country, but it’s not an immigration status. What’s more, it provides no automatic means of attaining permanent residency or citizenship. 


The U.S. has passed similar adjustment acts for those forced to flee other wars and conflicts, including Cubans caught in Castro’s rise to power, Vietnamese and Cambodians after the fall of Saigon, and Iraqi Kurds during the rule of Saddam Hussein.