USCRI’s Statement on the Passage of the Continuing Resolution

By USCRI October 1, 2021

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) celebrates the passage of the Continuing Resolution last night, which includes important funding and benefits for Afghans who are paroled into the United States. USCRI has advocated for the expansion of resettlement services and other benefits for Afghan parolees, and is pleased to see that this has been accomplished through the Continuing Resolution.

The Continuing Resolution authorizes Afghan parolees to receive refugee resettlement benefits, including reception and placement services, and public benefits such as food assistance. It also funds these benefits through an additional $1.68 billion for parolees, $2.5 billion for unaccompanied children, $2.2 billion for the State Department’s humanitarian assistance accounts, and $250 million for the reduction of the asylum backlog. Under the Resolution, DHS is required to expedite parolees’ asylum applications, and parolees are eligible for driver’s licenses and other government identification.

USCRI thanks Senators Leahy, Merkley, and Shaheen, and Representatives Moulton, Bacon, and Lofgren for their tireless commitment to passing this Resolution. While this is a vital first step in keeping our promise to the Afghan people, USCRI encourages the Biden Administration to create a plan to evacuate the rest of those still at risk in Afghanistan, create a categorical parole program for Afghan nationals, and waive parole application fees. Congress must also pass the Afghan Adjustment Act to allow parolees to seek permanent safety in the United States.


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