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Biden admin plans to exempt some Taliban-era Afghan civil servants from US terror-related entry restrictions
The Biden administration is planning to allow some Afghan civil servants who have been employed by the 1996-2001 Taliban authorities to be exempt from terror-related bans on getting into the United States, in accordance to a draft doc obtained by Fox News. The administration continues to herald tens of 1000’s of Afghans as a part of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The draft U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) planning doc, reviewed by Fox News, outlines how the Department of Homeland Security is planning on issuing a memorandum to allow Afghan civil servants who labored throughout the Taliban regime to be exempted from terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) in the event that they fulfill different background and screening necessities.
TRIG locations limits on people who’re members of a terrorist group or who’ve engaged in terrorism, making them inadmissible to the U.S. and ineligible for immigration advantages. The USCIS web site says that the definition of terrorism-related exercise “is relatively broad and may apply to individuals and activities not commonly thought to be associated with terrorism.” It signifies that TRIG would probably rule out those that labored underneath the Taliban regime, which dominated from 1996 till its ouster by the U.S. in 2001 due to its harboring of al Qaeda after the 9/11 assaults.
“Many individuals who worked in civil service positions before the declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 continued to do so after the declaration,” the doc says in justification of the applying. “Some did so under duress or other situations of hardship.”
“Some used their positions in humanitarian capacities to mitigate the repressive actions of the Taliban regime, often at great personal risk. Some of these civil servants later worked for or helped the International Security Assistance Force, the U.S. government or the Afghan government that was established in Dec. 22, 2001,” it provides.
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