The United States is ready to take thousands more Afghan refugees with it
Following the withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan, given the current situation in the region, the United States is ready to take thousands more Afghan refugees with it.
The United States announced on Monday that it would allow thousands more Afghan refugees to enter the United States, especially those who have been associated with the United States in Afghanistan because their lives are in grave danger.
The State Department says it is increasing the number of asylum seekers to 20,000 who have already applied to the U.S. military under the Interpreter Protection Program.
The State Department said in a statement that in light of the Taliban’s escalating violence, the US government is providing resettlement opportunities in the United States for some Afghans, including those who have worked with the United States.
The program provides the opportunity to permanently resettle thousands of Afghans and their close family members in the United States, the statement added.
The State Department said the revised eligibility criteria would also include Afghans who have worked in Afghanistan on US media outlets, NGOs or US-sponsored projects.
It should be noted that US President Joe Biden had ordered the withdrawal of the remaining US troops by the end of this month, ending the longest war in US history.
The Biden administration has raised concerns about the stability of the internationally backed Afghan government over the Taliban’s offensive, but insists the United States has fulfilled its priority mission to eliminate al Qaeda extremists.