Representative Jason Crow Sends Bipartisan Letter to the Biden Administration Calling for Immediate Evacuation of At-Risk U.S. Partners from Kabul
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, in light of the rapidly deteriorating security conditions in Kabul, Afghanistan, Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) led over 30 colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden calling for an immediate evacuation of U.S. citizens, Afghan partners, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, and democracy workers who are at risk of Taliban retaliation.
The letter comes as the Biden-Harris administration announced additional troop deployments to assist with the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Kabul due to serious national security concerns. In the past week, the Taliban has made significant gains, including taking the second and third-largest cities. Reports continue to come out of Taliban squads going door to door in surrounding villages with the intent of hunting and killing U.S. partners and allied Afghan nationals.
“The safety of U.S. diplomats and military personnel must be our first priority. But we must also evacuate Afghans eligible for Special Immigrant Visas. All public and private resources must now be mobilized to save not just those eligible for SIVs but as many other vulnerable Afghans as possible,” House members wrote.
The lawmakers say given the urgency of the current situation, a diplomatic effort is needed to persuade Afghanistan’s neighbors to open their borders now. The letter calls for the Administration to find a destination to which Afghans eligible for P2 status and SIVs can be evacuated now.
The letter was signed by Reps. Crow, Malinowski, Meeks, Schiff, Meijer, Murphy, Slotkin, Phillips, Dunn, Khanna, Kinzinger, Keating, Raskin, Price, Manning, Buck, Vela, Welch, Waltz, Miller-Meeks, Connolly, Jayapal, Levin, Wild, Bacon, Spanberger, Peters, Jacobs, Brown, Moulton, Wenstrup, Bera, Fitzpatrick, Sherrill, Cooper, Blumenauer, and Malliotakis.
A PDF copy of the letter can be found here.