US tally misses hundreds left in Afghanistan, rescue groups say

US tally misses hundreds left in Afghanistan
Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Rescue groups say the US estimate that no more than 200 Americans were left behind in Afghanistan is too low. The Biden administration also overlooks hundreds of other people they consider to be equally American: permanent legal residents with green cards, veteral-led groups say.

Some groups say US citizens left in Afghanistan continuously contacted with them. These Americans didn’t register with the US Embassy in Kabul before it closed and by others not included in previous counts because they expressed doubts about leaving their loved ones behind.

As for green card holders, they have lived in the United States for years, become part of their communities, paid taxes and often have children who are US citizens. Yet the Biden administration says it doesn’t have an estimate on the number of such permanent residents who are left in Afghanistan and desperately trying to leave.

Howard Shen, spokesman for the Cajon Valley Union School District in the San Diego area, said: “The fear is that nobody is looking for them. They are thousands of miles away under an oppressive regime and we’re leaving them behind. That’s not right.”

Mr Shen said he is in contact with one such family who says they can’t get out from the Taliban rule.

President Joe Biden has promised that evacuation efforts from Afghanistan will continue for the 100 to 200 American citizens who want to leave, most of whom the president said are dual citizens.

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, has said that extends to US green card holders and Afghans who supported American forces during the 20-year war.

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