With the fall of the previous government to the Taliban, thousands of contractors and individuals have been at risk and sought refuge in the United States and other Western countries. Many families, including local collaborators with foreign countries in Afghanistan, remain stranded or are awaiting the processing of their asylum cases in third countries. Due to administrative bureaucracy, many countries have been unable to evacuate local collaborators and at-risk individuals. A recent survey conducted by the organization “With Honor Action and Ipsos” now indicates that 80% of Americans believe the United States should assist Afghans in settling in their country, 89% strongly support their commitment to Afghan allies who supported U.S. forces in the war against the Taliban, and 56% of Americans “strongly” support the relocation of their local collaborators. 87% of Republicans and 92% of Democrats endorse this policy.
The process of evacuating local collaborators of the United States and at-risk individuals, following the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, has become a contentious and debatable issue among American policymakers. Currently, thousands of Afghan citizens who have received asylum approval from this country are in precarious situations in third countries such as Pakistan, facing the risk of forced deportation.
In a recent development, an American organization under the name of “With Honor Action and Ipsos” conducted a survey, based on which 89% of Americans support their commitment to Afghan allies. Rye Barcott, the CEO and Co-founder of With Honor Action and Ipsos, and a former U.S. Marine Corps veteran, stated, “The results of the national survey are remarkable. We rarely witness such unanimous support across party lines.”
This organization has joined forces with several leading American veteran organizations to encourage the United States Congress to exert pressure on the country’s executive authorities to facilitate the issuance of immigration visas for more Afghan refugees. According to this organization, legislative deadlock on multiple initiatives aimed at preserving the commitment to Afghan collaborators has become a significant obstacle.
The organization stated, “Americans want us to assist their Afghan allies, but we are still trapped in inaction.” This American organization emphasized, “Congress should take immediate action to address the backlog of immigration for approved Afghan allies who have faithfully fought alongside us during America’s longest war.”
The organization mentioned that the survey was conducted in the first week of October of this year. According to this survey, almost 9 out of every 10 Americans have given a positive opinion that Afghan individuals who have supported U.S. soldiers should be relocated to the United States. Reportedly, 88.5% of Americans view this policy as “very favorable.”
According to the report, 80% of Americans agree that the United States should assist Afghans who have supported the country’s forces in Afghanistan in relocating to the United States. Based on this survey, 89% of American citizens have expressed their support for America’s commitment to Afghan allies, and an additional 56% have strongly emphasized their support for this action. The report states that 87% of Republicans and 92% of Democrats back this policy.
As per the report, 81% of Americans responded “yes” to the question of whether the United States should help these Afghans escape from Afghanistan and start a new life in America.
The survey findings indicate that 87% of Americans believe that the United States has a duty towards Afghans to whom it has promised protection, and 84% stated that these Afghans can successfully integrate into American society. According to the survey results, 84% support allowing Afghan collaborators from the past 20 years of the war to resettle in the United States.
The With Honor Action and Ipsos organization added that 80% of survey participants have emphasized that more efforts should be made to assist these Afghans, and 77% have stated that they support the resettlement of these individuals in the United States.
According to the findings of this report, 75% of American citizens, when asked whether the United States should grant legal status to these Afghans, responded “yes,” and 61% are in favor of granting them citizenship. Additionally, 85% agree that these Afghans and their families should undergo thorough background checks. This percentage of Americans is advocating for screening as part of the resettlement process for Afghans in the United States.
It is worth noting that the chaotic withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan in the past two years has become one of the most contentious issues among lawmakers and the Biden administration in the United States.
Previously, Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, had requested Anthony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, to provide the documents related to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 to this committee. McCaul stated that the “disastrous” withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, to attack Ukraine.