August 2, 2021
Ted Hesson, Jonathan Landay, Idries Ali
Washington (Reuters) -US President Joe Biden’s administration will launch a new program to reset certain Afghan people as U.S. refugees, officials and two knowledgeable sources said on Sunday. rice field.
The US State Department was expected to announce the establishment of a so-called priority 2 refugee program on Monday, three sources said on condition of anonymity.
The State Department did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
The program begins with a surge in combat in Afghanistan before the official withdrawal of US troops is completed at the end of this month, with the Taliban promoting the occupation of major state capitals.
Biden faces pressure from lawmakers and advocacy groups to help Afghans at risk of Taliban retaliation because of their relationship with the United States during the 20-year US war.
Government officials said the new refugee program would target US-funded projects and Afghans working in US-based non-governmental agencies and the media.
These Afghans are not eligible for a Special Immigration Visa (SIV) program for interpreters and other people who worked for the US Government and their families.
Approximately 200 SIV applicants flew to the United States last week when visas were in the final stages of processing and the family began an evacuation operation called “Operation Allies Refuge,” which could involve more than 50,000 people.
They stayed at a military base in Virginia, completed final procedures, and then resettled nationwide.
Government officials said the new program for Afghans would differ from the Proity 2 refugee program for Iraqis, which was suspended indefinitely while U.S. authorities pursued a thorough fraud investigation. rice field.
Officials added that the new Afghan program requires applicants to be referred by US agencies, senior US officials, non-governmental agencies, or the press.
Referral requirements are an important difference between the new Afghan program and the Iraqi program, which allows Iraqis to apply directly without referrals, officials said.
(Reported by Jonathan Landay, Ted Hesson, Idrees Ali, edited by Clarence Fernandez)
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