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How You Can Advocate For and Help Afghan Refugees
As a member of the Refugee Council USA, IRUSA is committed to advocating and amplifying the voices of our Afghan brothers and sisters. Thousands of Afghans were evacuated to various countries across the world and so far, according to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, 50,000 Afghan refugees have arrived mainly at various army bases around the United States.
Listed below are advocacy actions and recommendations from our humanitarian partners around these key areas: 1. Increasing the number of those welcomed into the US, 2. continued evacuations from Afghanistan for those who wish to leave, and 3. creating full refugee resettlement benefits for those with humanitarian parole designation (and legal pathway for permanent residency).
Please consider taking all these actions.
1. Sign this letter from Oxfam urging Biden Admin to increase # of Afghans to US.
2. Sign this letter from Humans Rights First; Welcoming Refugees 2022.
3. Click on the links below to learn how you can take action to tell members of Congress to support authorization for Afghans arriving with humanitarian parole (HP) to receive full refugee resettlement benefits, supplemental funding to make this a reality, and legislation to ensure Afghans arriving w/ HP have the chance to apply for legal permanent residence:
- Veterans for American Ideals
- Tell Congress to Equip Our Communities to Welcome Afghans Seeking Safety and Protection
4. Use this legislative fact sheet when speaking to Congressional staff.