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US estimates of people left in Afghanistan very low: rescue group

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San Diego, Sep 4 (AP) Rescue groups led by a former US soldier say the Biden administration’s estimate of more than 200 American civilians left in Afghanistan is too low. The groups also said that this estimate ignored other people who are considered to be the same as US citizens. These include legal permanent residents and green card holders. Some groups say they are in constant contact with US citizens who could not register before the US embassy in Afghanistan was closed.

San Diego, Sep 4 (AP) Rescue groups led by a former US soldier say the Biden administration’s estimate of more than 200 American civilians left in Afghanistan is too low. The groups also said that this estimate ignored other people who are considered to be the same as US citizens. These include legal permanent residents and green card holders. Some groups say they are in constant contact with US citizens who failed to register before the US embassy in Afghanistan was closed. He spent many years in America as a green card holder. Paid taxes and became members of their communities. The children of many of these people are US citizens. The administration, on the other hand, says it has no estimate of how many such permanent residents are in Afghanistan and are desperate to flee Taliban rule.

The Cajun Valley Union School District group in San Diego has been in contact with one such family, which they say cannot move out.

Howard, a spokesman for the group, said: “The fear is that they have no keeper. They are living under barbaric rule thousands of miles away and we have left them there. This is not right.”

Significantly, the US President has promised that efforts will continue to evacuate 100 to 200 Americans who want to leave Afghanistan. He had said that most of them are dual citizenship holders.

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Three California district schools say more than 30 children studying with them have not been able to return from Afghanistan. A family living in Sacramento for years has been trying to get out of Afghanistan. For this he is sending daily messages to the principal of his children’s primary school. The parents and family of three had gone to Afghanistan in April to visit the ailing grandmother of the children. All of them are legal residents of the US.

AP

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