Please join us in calling on Members of Congress to pass an Afghan Adjustment Act. This life-changing legislation will help Afghans who were evacuated last year to rebuild their lives and plan for the future across U.S. communities, providing them with a pathway to lawful permanent status and eventual citizenship.
Who are Afghan evacuees?
Last year, more than 76,000 Afghans were welcomed to the U.S. through Operation Allies Welcome under a special process called “humanitarian parole.” This evacuation was a generational event and the largest of its kind since the Vietnam War. Humanitarian parole allowed Afghans to be admitted to the U.S. quickly and enables them to stay here for up to two years but does not guarantee a path to lawful permanent residence or eventual citizenship. The state of Georgia welcomed more than 1,500 Afghan evacuees between September 2021 and April of this year, who are now working to rebuild their lives in communities across the state.
What's the situation?
Despite meeting the definition of a refugee, these Afghan evacuees find themselves under a cloud of legal uncertainty. Congress can remedy this situation and provide long-term support to our new Afghan neighbors by passing the bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act. The Afghan Adjustment Act will provide a pathway to lawful permanent status for these evacuees—the same legal footing they would have enjoyed had they been resettled to the U.S. as refugees.
These people are suffering. I cannot reiterate enough, the amount of trauma there is in the fact that they don’t have any type of permanent status at all (…) It’s not something you can build your life on and that’s what we’re asking them to do.
— Asiyah Sarwari, Staff Attorney, the IRC in Atlanta
How can I help?
After a harrowing and life-threatening experience saving themselves and their families from violence, people should not be further traumatized. The Afghan Adjustment Act has been introduced in Congress, with over 100 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. It's time to pass it into law. Join us in asking your members of Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act.
Stand with Afghan evacuees. Call your Georgia members of Congress and ask them to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act
Senator Jon Ossoff | 202-224-3521
Senator Raphael Warnock | 202-224-3643
Rep. Buddy Carter - District 1 | 202-225-5831
Rep. Sanford Bishop - District 2 | 202-225-3631
Rep. Drew Ferguson - District 3 | 202-225-5901
Rep. Hank Johnson - District 4 | 202-225-1605
Rep. Nikema Williams - District 5 | 202-225-3801
Rep. Lucy McBath - District 6 | 202-225-4501
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux - District 7 | 202-225-4272
Rep. Austin Scott - District 8 | 202-225-6531
Rep. Andrew Clyde - District 9 | 202-225-9893
Rep. Jody Hice - District 10 | 202-225-4101
Rep. Barry Loudermilk - District 11 | 202-225-2931
Rep. Rick W. Allen - District 12 | 202-225-2823
Rep. David Scott - District 13 | 202-225-2939
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene - District 14 | 202-225-5211
Get involved in our advocacy efforts: contact the IRC in Atlanta’s Communications & External Relations Manager, Fiona Freeman, at [email protected].
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Senior Development Manager, Heloise Ahoure, at [email protected] or 678-636-8941.