No Afghan family members of U.S. troops have been eligible to come to the U.S. Here’s why

Posted on AllSides November 23rd, 2021
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(Rahmat Gul/AP)

The Defense Department has received about 60 requests from service members and department civilians to get their family members out of Afghanistan and legally into the United States, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Nov. 15, but none of them qualify for an immediate legal residency status.

The requests came through an inbox set up in early November. Over the course of the 20-year war in Afghanistan, many Afghan-born immigrants joined the U.S. military or became DoD civilians and contractors, while members of their family have remained in the country.

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