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Support our Afghan refugees

Two remarkable Afghan families who helped support the U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. Embassy in Kabul have been welcomed to Adams County by a partnership of 8 Gettysburg churches and many interfaith volunteers. Our two families are flourishing, contributing to the community and working local jobs.

They need help, however, to be able to stay in our country! It’s very easy and takes about 60 seconds to use this link, which self-populates with your Senator/Representatives by entering your zip code; choose to send the letter and your action will be complete! Here’s the  link to express support to your legislators:

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Thousands of Afghans left Afghanistan in fear for their lives after having provided support to the American military during the war.  The US government provided these families with temporary support and temporary visas, but has not provided a path to permanent citizenship or permanent stability, leaving these families in limbo—they can’t return to their home country and the US has not yet made it possible for them to settle permanently here.

There is a solution –but your help is needed.  Legislators from both parties in the U.S. House and Senate recently introduced the Afghan Adjustment Act, a bill that provides a path to permanent residency for the more than 70,000 Afghans who came into the United States in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The bill opens a path for permanent residency and citizenship if they so desire and also expands eligibility for special immigrant visas to people who worked for the Afghan military and their families. The legislation would also provide additional congressional oversight over ongoing relocation and resettlement of Afghans. 

Veterans groups and military leaders have expressed support for this legislation which fulfills a promise made to Afghans who supported our troops. Will you support our families by writing to our Senators and Congressman Joyce to request action on this bipartisan Act?

It’s very easy and takes about 60 seconds to complete the form on the link provided.  Your letter will help to let Congress know how important it is that we support the Afghans who supported our troops. 

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