Call Congress Today: Immigration Reform must Remain in the Human Infrastructure Bill
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
As the U.S. military and allied forces scramble to evacuate Americans, foreign nationals, and Afghans who are fleeing Taliban rule, the Taliban’s mask of pseudo-respectability is slipping. They are preventing Afghan nationals from reaching the airport. Credible accounts of executions and beatings of Afghan civilians continue to surface. President Biden is publicly adhering to his self-imposed deadline of August 31 for removal of all U.S. personnel and equipment.
Stateside, critics of the President are both blaming him for not getting Americans and Afghans out of harm’s way more rapidly, and warning gullible Americans that our cities and towns will soon be overrun with more immigrant “jihadists.”
We must honor the promises made to our Afghan allies in this 20-year war. We must keep our word and accept rising numbers of refugees from this U.S. foreign intervention. Even as U.S. bases and foreign facilities overseas swell beyond capacity, we must accelerate vetting, processing, and permanent resettlement of our allies.
All the while our immigration system is overloaded and outdated, and the only partial remedy in sight is the reconciliation human infrastructure bill wending its way through Congress.
PDA is working with allies to ensure immigration reform measures remain in the human infrastructure bill as it moves toward passage. Here’s how you can help today:
- Call or write to your Senators and Representative, and demand that immigration reform elements remain in the human infrastructure bill, and let us know you acted;
- Volunteer to help PDA keep pressure on elected officials charged with crafting the final language of the bill;
- Support PDA’s efforts on immigration with a generous donation.
Thanks so much for anything you can do right now.