It’s reward time for thousands of Afghan interpreters as the United States authorities are preparing to relocate them to other countries for now while their entry application to the US is being processed.
According to New York Times, president Joe Biden’s administration is stepping up preparation to begin relocating tens of thousands of Afghan interpreters and others who worked with U.S. forces during the long war.
This was revealed on Thursday by a senior administration official who said “planning has accelerated in recent days to relocate Afghans — and their families — who assisted Americans during the nearly 20-year-old war to other countries or U.S. territories as their applications are sorted out. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the yet-to-be publicly announced plans.
The White House on Wednesday began to brief lawmakers on the outlines of their plans, the official said.
With U.S. and NATO forces facing a Sept. 11 deadline to leave Afghanistan, the Biden administration has faced increased pressure from lawmakers, veterans, and others to evacuate thousands of Afghans who worked as interpreters or who otherwise helped U.S. military operations there in the past two decades.
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“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,” Republican Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan said during a House hearing last week.
Despite unusual bipartisan support in Congress, the administration hasn’t publicly gone on record in support of an evacuation as it unwinds a war that started after the 9/11 attacks.
“We’re doing the kind of extensive planning for potential evacuation, should that become necessary,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters earlier this week.
The move to accelerate plans to relocate Afghans who helped the U.S. effort comes as Biden is set to meet on Friday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation.
We hope this comes through for all the brave persons who helped out during the war times.