(San Diego, CA, 8/17/2021) – The California chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today expressed solidarity with the American Afghan community and called on the Biden Administration to do everything possible to welcome Afghan refugees to the United States while protecting Afghan civilians in Kabul amid the evacuation of American citizens.

CAIR-CA reaffirms its support for President Biden’s decision to end America’s military involvement in Afghanistan and called on the president to end all military action in other Muslim-majority nations.

CAIR-CA’s Immigrants’ Rights Centers provide a variety of services including asylum and special visas. Community members can receive assistance by calling their local CAIR office.

They are also urging community members to join the global movement led by Afghans in Solidarity and attend local protests to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

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In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:   
“We reaffirm our strong support for President Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and end America’s longest war. Although the execution of the withdrawal should have obviously been handled differently, withdrawing was absolutely the right decision. Keeping American troops in Afghanistan would have only prolonged violence and delayed the inevitable.”

Brittney Rezaei, CAIR-CA Immigrants’ Rights Committee Chair, said in a statement:
“The U.S. government must immediately expand and expedite the processing of evacuation flights for Afghans in danger and provide them with humanitarian parole in the United States.”