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Hundreds of Afghans Denied Humanitarian Entry into the US.


Afghans denied humanitarian entry into the U.S.

Since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, USCIS has received more than 35,000 applications for humanitarian parole. So far, USCIS has denied about 470 of these applications and conditionally approved more than 140. Meanwhile, the US government continues to help Afghans,
Evacuating more than 900 American citizens and an additional 2,200 Afghans since the military withdrawal. By doing so, immigrant advocates say, the Biden administration has failed to honor its promise to help Afghans. Immigrant advocates began filing humanitarian parole applications for Afghans in August in a last-ditch effort to get them on U.S. evacuation flights out of the country before the withdrawal. In some cases, it worked, and word spread among immigration attorneys that parole, while typically used in extreme emergencies, might be a way out.

When the U.S. immigration agency created a website specifically to address these applications, attorneys began filing thousands of parole applications for Afghans. The group has filed thousands of applications and that since the U.S. troop withdrawal, has seen only denials. The despair has led some immigration attorneys to give up on filing parole applications altogether. In Massachusetts, the International Institute of New England is holding off filing new applications until it hears on those that are pending after receiving a flurry of denials. Since July 2021, USCIS has received over 46,000 applications from Afghans hoping to come to the U.S. through the parole process. But most parole applications from Afghans remain unresolved — and over 90% of fewer than 5,000 fully adjudicated requests have been denied.

Afghans denied humanitarian entry into the US.