President Biden’s administration has said it will introduce a new rule that would deny many from seeking asylum based on their manner of entry or transit through other countries. The asylum ban is a fundamental departure from how our life-saving asylum system should work and is reminiscent of moments in our nation’s history when we turned away refugees to their death.
Afghanistan News and Views
ON AFGHANISTAN, ON MIGRATION | ‘Nobody wants to come this way’, Reuters
Their journey starts with a humanitarian visa for Brazil: one of the few remaining exit routes for Afghans fleeing Taliban rule.
It ends – after a perilous trek overland through Latin America across at least 11 countries – with scaling the border wall and jumping onto U.S. soil.
ON AFGHANISTAN | Restrictions on Women Employees, Paralyzing NGO Work in Afghanistan – Khaama Press
Gen Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) earlier today Tweeted that Norway’s primer aid organization can’t continue its operations in Afghanistan without its female employees. [The Taliban recently banned women from working in Humanitarian aid.]
ON AFGHANISTAN | Taliban Education Minister Speaks on Altering Journalism Curriculum – Khaama Press
The administration is planning to significantly revise the journalism curriculum to prepare the young journalists to serve the country with honesty and good faith, not to propagate wrong things against a group, regime, or Islamic values.
ON AFGHANISTAN | Afghan Migrants Released from Pakistan Prison and Deported to Afghanistan – Khaama Press
The detainees spent two months in prison and were incarcerated by the Sindh police due to not having legal documents.
ON AFGHANISTAN | The Taliban Continue to Tighten Their Grip on Afghan Women and Girls – USIP
Since the Taliban’s August 2021 takeover of Afghanistan, they have ratcheted up restrictions on women and girls as the group consolidates power. These restrictions include limitations on employment, education, public interactions and other fundamental rights such as access to justice. These restrictions have only tightened over time with increasingly draconian enforcement — the latest being public floggings that harken back to the Taliban’s 1990s rule.
ON AFGHANISTAN, ON MIGRATION | Afghan Women Refugees Harrowing Journeys to Europe – Inter Press Service
Women escaping from the increasingly restrictive Taliban regime in Afghanistan find their journeys to freedom are fraught with dangers. This week the Taliban banned women from universities. They are increasingly forced to remain at home.
ON AFGHANISTAN, ON MIGRATION | Tens of thousands of Afghan allies were left behind. Why have so few reached US safety? – USA Today
A year after the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, tens of thousands of allies are struggling to reach safety. The US Congress needs to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act now.
ON AFGHANISTAN, ON MIGRATION | Jack McCain: Congress should keep our promises to our allies by passing the Afghan Adjustment Act
Jack McCain: Congress should keep our promises to our allies by passing the Afghan Adjustment Act
ON AFGHANISTAN, ON MIGRATION | Afghan Allies Still Need America’s Help – The Wall Street Journal, Editorial Board
The U.S. has a moral obligation to do what it can to mitigate the harm of Mr. Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal, and passing the Afghan Adjustment Act would be a good start.
ON AFGHANISTAN | Parks become latest no-go areas for women in Kabul, BBC News
With new restrictions imposed by the Taliban, Afghan women fear what could come next.
ON MIGRATION, ON AFGHANISTAN | An Afghan soldier fleeing the Taliban spent months reaching the U.S. to request asylum. He was arrested at the Texas border.
Abdul Wasi Safi was trying to reach his brother, who immigrated legally to Houston after helping the U.S. military. Legal experts say Wasi may have to serve a criminal sentence before he can pursue asylum.