CBS News reports this Zaker Hussain filed on behalf of his brother Mohammad and Mohammad’s family, citing Hussain’s translation work for the United States Marine Corps and Mohammad’s work with the US-backed Afghan government . (He told CBS News that the Taliban had access to his records at the presidential palace.) Signed affidavits, passports and identification documents were submitted. Then they waited.
But just before New Year’s Eve 2021, they discovered the request had been denied. CBS News reports that the rejection letter stated that the federal government “did not find sufficient evidence” that Mohammad and his family were “at risk of serious targeted or individualized harm”.
“When the United States denied his parole request, Mohammad said he felt ‘like a dead person but he was breathing,'” the report said. He told CBS News that he and his family “don’t feel safe. We don’t know what will happen in an hour. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow.”
The Department of Homeland Security told CBS News that the approval process has been complicated by the fact that the vast majority of applicants are still in Afghanistan, where there is no US consulate. “But advocates said officials can conduct interviews remotely or waive them, noting that Ukrainian refugees are not required to undergo interviews before being paroled in the United States.
Massachusetts civil rights activists recently sued the federal government on behalf of stranded Afghans who unsuccessfully filed for security in the United States. The complaint declared that three relatives of a plaintiff who worked in the US military and is now a US citizen were murdered while awaiting rulings.
“Plaintiffs who remain at risk in Afghanistan and neighboring countries include a female judge who convicted members of the Taliban, other women who previously rose to high office, and individuals who directly supported the United States in Afghanistan or worked with the U.S. Afghan government and their family members,” the ACLU of Massachusetts said.
Senate Democrats last month also noted the “sinconsistencies » regarding the treatment of Ukrainian and Afghan refugees seeking safety here. They noted that while Afghan refugees “must provide evidence of individualized and targeted Taliban violence,” Ukrainians do not have to prove that they were specifically targeted by Russian invaders. Afghan candidates also had to pay certain fees from which Ukrainians were exempted.
“Handling the claims of one group at a much lower evidentiary threshold, and at no cost, without doing it for the other is a glaring example of inequity,” said the chairman of the Lutheran Immigration and Immigration Service. refugees, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, to CBS News. “This process is meant to save lives and reunite families – a candidate’s fate should not depend on their nationality.”
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