Senator Nelson Introduces Resolution in Support of Amending the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009



Hagåtña, Guam – On August 20, 2021, Senator Nelson introduced Resolution 152-36 (LS) to express her utmost support to amend the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 to expedite the special immigrant visa process for certain Afghan allies and other purposes.


H.R. 3985 was introduced by Honorable Representative Jason Crow on June 17, 2021, and was passed in the House on July 22, 2021. This Bill calls for the increase of 8,000 special immigrant visas for qualified Afghan Nationals who aided the United States Government in their missions in Afghanistan. In the current Bill, if an Afghan Ally has dependents and passes away before the application is approved, the dependents will not be eligible for a special immigrant visa. Honorable Representative Jason Crow calls to amend that section of the Act to grant eligibility to all dependents of an Afghan Ally even if they pass away before the application is approved.


"With the United States' recent and rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, the lives of our Afghan Allies face great danger as the Taliban moves to take over the Afghan Government. I worked alongside Afghan Interpreters during my deployment in Afghanistan. These Interpreters played a crucial part in completing our missions and saving lives. In turn, they risked their lives and the lives of their families, trusting that the United States would stand by and protect them in exchange for their service," said Senator Nelson.


"I want to thank Congressman Crow for creating this Bill to expedite the special visa process for our Afghan Allies. I am hopeful that my colleagues will support this resolution with gratitude to our allies and for the protection of their lives and their families," said Senator Nelson.


For more information, please contact the Office of Senator

Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or senatortcnelson@guamlegislature.org


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