An Afghan Adjustment Act
Stand up for Afghan refugees!
What can you do?
You can make a difference in the lives of Afghan refugees who risked their lives and those of their families to aid the U.S. and our allies in the war effort by urging Congress to pass an Afghan Adjustment Act. This legislation would allow Afghans who came to the United States under ‘humanitarian parole’ to apply for legal permanent residency after one year.
Why the urgency?
Afghans admitted to the U.S. with humanitarian parole, which grants temporary legal U.S. residency for ‘urgent humanitarian reasons,’ have only two years to be approved for permanent residency. Without permanent legal residency, Afghans—who cannot safely return to their country--must leave the U.S. in two years.
Why must we pass an Afghan Adjustment Act?
In addition to allowing Afghan evacuees to apply for permanent residency, an Act would protect them from losing their jobs or being deported while their applications are pending. Otherwise,
Afghans would have to apply for permanent residency as asylum-seekers, a costly procedure that has more than 1 million backlogged cases, offers no guarantee, and will not protect them against job loss or deportation.
Does an Afghan Adjustment Act ensure U.S. safety?
Besides strict screening and security vetting that all Afghans must undergo before and after arriving in the U.S., an Act mandates extra screening before they receive permanent residency. An individual who does not pass screening is considered--along with their family--inadmissible or deportable, depending on where they are in their application process.
How can you help?
Call to alert your members of Congress—2 senators and 1 representative—of the urgency of passing this Act. Add your voice to thousands demanding justice for more than 70,000 Afghan men and women who sacrificed their homes and their lives.