Before withdrawing, the US aims to remove Afghan interpreters.
While their applications for US entrance are being reviewed, the US expects to evacuate tens of thousands of Afghan translators and others who worked with American forces throughout the war.
According to a senior Biden administration official, plans to relocate Afghans and their families who supported Americans during the almost 20-year-long conflict to other nations or US territory have quickened in recent days.
The evacuation will take place later this summer, most likely in August, according to the administration.
Both officials emphasized that no nation or countries have been chosen for the planned temporary move. Evacuating Afghans to a US territory, on the other hand, is considered as a difficult task because it could result in visa applicants having more legal rights while being screened.
The White House has started briefing senators on the ideas’ broad strokes.
According to a senior administration official, the administration has begun to select a group of interpreters who will be evacuated outside of Afghanistan before the US completes its drawdown by September.
Those individuals have already started the application procedure for special immigrant visas for Afghans who have worked with the US.
The official emphasized that the administration’s relocation actions will be in accordance with US consular law and coordinated with Congress.
According to the person, the White House is preparing for a variety of situations, including “additional relocation or evacuation options” if necessary.
With a September 11 deadline looming for US and NATO forces to leave Afghanistan, the Biden administration has been under increasing pressure from lawmakers, veterans, and others to evacuate thousands of Afghans who worked as interpreters or otherwise assisted US military operations in the country over the past two decades.
During a House hearing last week, Republican congressman Peter Meijer of Michigan said, “We have a moral obligation to protect our brave allies who put their lives on the line for us, and we’ve been working for months to engage the administration and make sure there’s a plan, with few concrete results.”
Despite extraordinary bipartisan backing in Congress, the administration has yet to formally approve an evacuation while it works to dismantle a. (This is a brief piece.)