SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California Republican congressman mentioned Wednesday that he has helped a San Diego space couple who’re each of their 80s and are U.S. residents get out of Afghanistan after they have been repeatedly blocked by the Taliban.
Rep. Darrell Issa mentioned in an announcement that the couple was on their means residence to San Diego County. His workplace mentioned their names are usually not being launched on the request of the household as a result of their Afghan relations stay within the nation and could also be in danger.
“This is a trigger for celebration and the results of nearly numerous hours of labor beneath very troublesome situations,” Issa mentioned in an announcement.
Issa’s workplace mentioned the couple tried repeatedly over a number of weeks to get via Taliban checkpoints however have been harassed and intimidated, blocking their efforts to board a airplane residence. The couple’s granddaughter, Zuhal, contacted the Issa district workplace, to request assist. Issa’s workplace mentioned it was additionally withholding her final identify for a similar motive it isn’t figuring out her grandparents.
Issa didn’t give particulars on how the couple left the nation.
Issa has helped dozens of others, together with six households who stay within the San Diego suburb of El Cajon who had bother boarding their flights final month amid the chaotic evacuation of Afghans, Americans and others because the Taliban seized energy and the final American troops left the nation.
One household who has college students enrolled within the Cajon Valley Union School District stays caught in Afghanistan, determined to depart. El Cajon, east of San Diego, has a big refugee inhabitants.
The households had traveled to Afghanistan within the spring and earlier this summer time to go to their relations. Many are U.S. everlasting residents who got here to the United States on a particular visa for Afghans who labored for the U.S. authorities in the course of the conflict. Some are U.S. residents, together with lots of their kids.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken informed Congress this week that about 100 U.S. residents stay within the nation and need to depart. Rescue teams and lawmakers imagine the quantity may very well be larger.
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