The Afghan Adjustment Act will not be included in the 2023 omnibus spending bill CNN cited.
A group of former US military veterans including retired chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and several former commanders in Afghanistan – asked congressional leaders to include the Afghan Adjustment Act in the 2023 omnibus spending bill.
If the Afghan Adjustment Act is not included in the omnibus spending bill, the Afghan evacuees currently residing in the US will face serious problems such as the risk of deportation. However, if the recently established at is included in the bill, it would give Afghan allies a pathway to lawful permanent residency before their temporary status, known as humanitarian parole, expires in 2023.
Apparently, it is a wake-up call to the Afghan evacuees – adding further problems to their legal status in the US. They might need to go through the lengthy and complicated refugee process to permanently settle in America.
Many Republicans have pushed the legislation to hurry because the time is running out for thousands of Afghan evacuees already in the US, possibly facing deportation and other challenges. However, the legislations supporter’s response is that those issues have been considered.
At the moment the concern is overwhelmingly growing among those former US military officials, refugee advocacy institutions, and the Afghan evacuees in the US due to this move. The US commitment not to leave behind or forcefully deport Afghan allies will lead to greater concerns in future conflicts and military engagements.