2022-08-30 12:18:41

Double Standard: Afghans Seeking to Enter U.S. as Biden Admin Opens Door to 68,000+ Ukrainians

#DemocracyNow! looks at what's happened to Afghan refugees who have struggled to flee the country since the last U.S. troops left Afghanistan one year ago today. While the U.S. and allied nations helped evacuate some 122,000 people out of Afghanistan, the U.S. has failed to process requests for "humanitarian parole" — a program granting U.S. entry that costs each Afghan applicant $575 and is what Reveal reporter Najib Aminy says is "one of the last possibilities [for Afghans] to leave the country." According to documents obtained by Reveal, out of the 66,000 applications filed for humanitarian parole, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has processed less than 8,000 of them and approved just 123. Meanwhile, the agency has already approved more than 68,000 applications from Ukrainians since launching a separate program called Uniting for Ukraine in April after the Russian invasion and has charged these applicants no fee.

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