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Rush Urges Administration to Take Concrete Actions to Support the Relocation of At-Risk Afghan Allies

August 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), and 73 other Members of the House in a letter calling on the Biden Administration to take a number of immediate steps to help as many of our Afghan allies as possible relocate quickly and efficiently.

"It should be the priority of this Administration to leverage all available resources at the Departments of Homeland Security and State to help as many people as possible relocate quickly and efficiently to the United States," the Members wrote.

The letter, addressed to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urged the Secretaries to establish a special humanitarian parole program specifically for women leaders, activists, human rights defenders, parliamentarians, journalists, and other highly visible women currently at risk; increase processing capacity within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; appoint an interagency refugee coordinator; and work to ensure the safe exit from Afghanistan of those making use of the Priority 1 or 2 pathways to third countries, and to support them upon arrival.

View a copy of the letter.