Washington, D.C. — Today, Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate announced the introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act. The announcement, which came days ahead of the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul and the subsequent U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, followed extensive bipartisan discussions over the future of Afghan evacuees.
The Afghan Adjustment Act would give tens of thousands of Afghan allies already in the U.S. a clear pathway to permanent residence. While many Afghan evacuees have been able to temporarily reside in the U.S. via humanitarian parole and/or Temporary Protected Status, most lack a viable path to permanent legal status and face uncertain futures in the U.S.
“The introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act demonstrates that significant progress is being made to provide Afghan allies, other evacuees, and their families the permanency and stability they deserve,” said Laurence Benenson, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at the National Immigration Forum. “Congress must move swiftly in passing the Afghan Adjustment Act.”