While the Coalition is supportive of the intention to end the 20 year long conflict in Afghanistan, our members saw a need to encourage the Administration to create a plan to save the allies who fought alongside us. Throughout the spring and summer of 2021, the Coalition developed a strategy calling for the immediate evacuation of all persons who qualified for the Special Immigrant Visa program to United States territory, estimated to be around 80,000 individuals.
Throughout the intervening months, we've engaged with the Administration and civil society on ways to facilitate this evacuation. Our plan pointed to historical examples of similar evacuation efforts of Vietnamese, Iraqi, and Kosovar populations following those conflicts as precedent for what could be done. We were encouraged to see efforts to bring late stage applicants of the Special Immigrant Visa program to Ft. Lee in Virginia at the end of July 2021, and had high hopes that the pace of arrivals would increase and continue through the remainder of the year.
Given the rapid fall of the Afghan central government to the Taliban, our Coalition has responded to meet the moment and protect those who have been left behind. While August 31st is the withdrawal deadline for the U.S. military, the coalition will continue its efforts to evacuate, welcome, and support the resettlement of as many vulnerable Afghan allies as possible.
To learn more about the Coalition’s work and background, please view our plan.
To learn more about evacuation efforts, please visit #AfghanEvac.