Washington Post: 80,000 Afghans Want U.S. Green Cards, Citizenship

More than 80,000 Afghans want visas to come to the United States, according to an August 16 report in the Washington Post.

Columnist Josh Rogin reported:

The State Department is also dealing with more than 80,000 visa applications for Afghans who worked with the U.S. government or find themselves at risk, the official said.

The 80,000 population is in addition to the more than 2,000 Afghans who have already landed in the United States and is in addition to “an estimated 10,000 U.S. citizens in the country … [including] dual nationals or children of Americans who may not have the proper passport or visas,” Rogin reported.

U.S. immigration laws are intended to protect American families from cheap labor imported by unscrupulous employers, not to bail out failed foreign policy endeavors, responded Rob Law, director of regulatory affairs at the Center for Immigration Studies. “Our immigration laws are not structured to serve as a mea culpa for that or to reward all of these people with some form of status in the United States … which seems to be what all of the neoliberals and neoconservatives that like to fight forever wars are saying,” he said.

However, a chorus of business groups and allied progressives are using the Afghan fiasco to call for the importation of more foreign migrants, who will serve them as workers, consumers, renters, government clients, and, eventually, voters.- READ MORE