“On the eve of the US withdrawal in Afghanistan, the Truman Center for National Policy remains steadfast in its commitment to our Afghan partners and allies who have worked alongside us for the past two decades. We are heartened that the Biden administration has committed to fulfilling America’s sacred promise to evacuate SIVs and other Afghan partners and we are counting on them to realize that commitment.
The White House, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, must also focus on ensuring our Afghan partners are evacuated safely, securely, and with dignity. We owe them humane conditions during passage and a warm welcome as they arrive in communities around the country. We owe them the right to seek asylum expeditiously. These partners have undergone extensive vetting at multiple stages, dating from their initial service to the United States and again prior to their arrival in the US. They are our friends, they are our supporters, and should be treated as such.
The Truman Center will persist in our efforts to bring our partners and allies to safety. Our moral standing as a nation depends on our ability to fulfill our sacred obligation to those who have long stood by our side and kept us from harm’s way.
- Jenna Ben-Yehuda, President & CEO, Truman Center for National Policy