Afghanistan, Biden Administration, United States discussed on Morning Edition

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Afghanistan are settling into their lives in the United States while thousands of others wait for a way out of Afghanistan Advocates worry that as the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine absorbs much of the world's attention Afghans who supported the U.S. Military in Afghanistan may be forgotten Steve Walsh is with member station KPBS in San Diego and he's got our story Joe would carry me watches on his phone a recent news report out of Afghanistan It shows a group of girls being turned away from the school He interprets the video for me 5 months ago carry me arrived in San Diego with his wife and two boys Part of a growing number of Afghan refugees The world watches as the Russian invasion of Ukraine produces millions of refugees almost overnight but carry me in other Afghan refugees are still focused on the plight of their country Many are nervous that the U.S. will move on leaving thousands of people who work with the Americans stranded Some remain in hiding The house going from this house to another house to hide them This is a big concern if they are forget and just something bad may happen to them Sean Van Dyck is part of a coalition of mainly veterans groups trying to bring Afghans who worked with the Americans to safety Afghan ivac has been working with the Biden administration but Van Dyck says The White House has said very little publicly in months We're willing to bend over backwards to help Europeans that we haven't served with in the scale that we have with Afghans And that we've kind of taken our time on Afghans Folks with whom we serve for 20 years folks who stood by us on the battlefield Afghanistan didn't come up during the president's State of the Union address Van Dyck was particularly frustrated after the Biden administration announced that the U.S. would allow 100,000 Ukrainian refugees into the country Nobody's saying that we shouldn't be helping Ukrainians We all agree What we're saying is that it would be nice if folks who didn't look like us got the same help as folks who looked like us Advocates are still waiting for the administration to get behind a permanent status for thousands of Afghans like jawad carry me He was given a temporary status called humanitarian parole The only Steinberg with the refugee aid group haiya says it doesn't fix their situation It's not a permanent status in any way It is not an immigration status It was very important in that it allowed a lot of people to get here very quickly and obviously time was of the essence But what has happened now is that they are here with no path to permanent sea Feinberg says the biggest problem isn't the shifting focus from one refugee crisis to another she says the previous administration gutted the U.S. refugee resettlement program It's a lot easier to wreck the program than it is to rebuild And so that's where we are now Slowly but surely building up an extraordinary progress is being made but it feels painfully slow for the individuals who are directly impacted Joe Ed viscera just received his green card which will allow him to use his degree in computer programming in San Diego He was beaten by the Taliban as he made his way to the Kabul airport with his family This was just days before the last American flight left On their hand and they were beating on my back and my foot We escaped from them and somehow we entered to that airport He left behind two brothers who also worked with an American company He says the Taliban has searched their homes looking for proof that they work with the U.S. Our suggestion is that for the American government is that police help the people or for the family of those who are helping the Afghan government that and also the American troops in Afghanistan Because for many Afghans time is running out For NPR news I'm Steve Walsh All right let's go now to the Texas Gulf Coast where folks recently laid eyes on a critter that as some in Texas might be fixing to say ain't from around these parts It's.

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