“The special visa programs are designed to support Afghans and Iraqis who have been threatened to work with the US. They have lengthy application processes that have increased the average waiting time to three years,” the Post said.
That has only worsened recently due to new types of closures related to coronavirus pandemics. The previous administration was more than happy to impose endless delays on the virus – oh, there’s nothing we can do about it, global pandemic, sorry – when instead it was a convenient excuse to focus on the extremist measures it was already using on people block who have assisted the military as translators and in other roles.
“Between endless bureaucratic effort, reduced refugee admissions and new” extreme surveillance measures “, the US has made it as good as impossible for its war partners to achieve the safe passage they had promised.” tweeted The International Refugee Assistance Project last October. “And the stakes couldn’t be higher for those who stayed behind.”
The Post reported last month that in a letter to then-President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, an Afghan man wrote that violence around him makes him feel like any day could be his last. “I’m so scared that I have nowhere to go, even if I go to my workplace. I think today is my last day because there are target killings every day,” wrote Khaliqdad H., according to the Post. “Please help me, get out of this place. Please help me.”
But also with this first stepRefugee advocates believe the backlog created by the 2020 slowdown will be felt in the years to come, unless the Biden administration makes dramatic changes, ”the Post’s latest report said. While Biden has pledged to increase refugee admission to the US from all-time lows in the previous administration, agencies helping with US family relocation say immense repairs to the system are needed.
Still, the United Nations has praised the “positive steps” Biden has taken after previously criticizing US policies under the previous administration. “Mr. Biden has long been a strong advocate for refugees and made important commitments to restore the US refugee Resettlement Program and ensure that human rights and humanitarian values are at the heart of the US asylum system, ”said Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in one Explanation.