House Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Increase Immigrants Into America

( Two members of the House have introduced a bipartisan bill that would seek to increase the number of visas the country allows for its partners from Afghanistan.

Called the Showing American Values by Evacuating (SAVE) Afghan Partners Act, the bill looks to increase the current cap on Special Immigrant Visas that are available for Afghan interpreters and other partners of the U.S. who are vulnerable in the new Taliban-led Afghanistan. The bill would increase the total number of visas available to 10,000.

The bill is being co-sponsored by Representatives Peter Meijer, a Republican from Michigan, and Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado.

In a release, Meijer, who himself traveled discretely to Kabul last week, said:

“While the U.S. military is no longer present in Afghanistan, our mission there is not over. By clarifying SIV eligibility requirements and raising the visa cap, we will ensure that our allies are protected and our promises are kept. Our creditability and moral standing in the world depend on the completion of this mission.”

Meijer traveled secretary to Kabul last week with Democratic Representative Seth Moulton from Massachusetts. They said they made the trip to “provide oversight” to the ongoing evacuation.

In a statement they released after their departure from Kabul, they said:

“America has a moral obligation to our citizens and loyal allies, and we must make sure that obligation is being kept.”

In touting the new SAVE bill he is co-sponsoring, Crow said:

“For 20 years, our Afghan partners worked with us and fought with us to accomplish our missions in Afghanistan. They did so with the understanding that if they stood with our soldiers, America would be a place where they could seek refuge. The war may be over, but we can’t leave our friends and partners behind.”

Monday marked the official end to the war in Afghanistan, as the last United States military plane left the country. A day later, President Joe Biden promised that the U.S. would continue to help facilitate the evacuation of any American still remaining in Afghanistan.

To that end, he said there was “no deadline” for that particular mission to end. He added:

“As for the Afghans, we and our partners have airlifted 100,000 of them. No country in history has done more to airlift out the residents of another country than we have done. We will continue to work to help more people leave the country who are at risk.”

Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, emphasized that point when he spoke publicly Monday. He said even though the U.S. won’t have a military presence in Afghanistan any more, evacuation efforts would continue on. He explained:

“We will hold the Taliban to their commitment on freedom of movement for foreign nationals, visa holders, at-risk Afghans.”

Some of the people most at risk would be those who worked for the U.S. in any capacity during the last 20 years the war in Afghanistan was going on.