07/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/19/2021 15:51
Washington D.C.- House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul released the following statement on the Biden Administration's announcement regarding the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families who are in the final stages of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process.
'While this announcement is a positive step towards getting some SIV applicants to safety, the lack of a plan for the remaining SIV applicants still waiting to complete the vetting process is deeply concerning. This has been an extremely haphazard withdrawal from the beginning and the Biden Administration's inability to provide a detailed strategy on how they will support and protect our remaining Afghan partners is unacceptable. President Biden needs to answer for what will happen to the remaining applicants if agreements are not secured with third countries by the end of the U.S. military mission on August 31 - instead he so far seems content to say he did what he could for these 2,500 people while thousands more may be left behind.'