Rep. Sarbanes, D-Md., Says America Should Resettle Afghan Refugees

August 19, 2021
In The News

"A lot of people are saying, 'Why weren't you getting these folks out sooner, a lot of these allied civilians out of the country, and their families, sooner?' Apparently there was a lot of resistance to that by those families themselves because they were hoping that the situation would be a different one, so there was kind of a dynamic there that was difficult to manage," said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md. "We're going to get briefings on what the intelligence was leading up to these events so we have a better picture as members of Congress of what that looked like."

Sarbanes says the government's efforts right now are on evacuating as many people as possible.

"We've got to get Americans out of there and get them to safety, but also get these civilian personnel that assisted us out of there, and that's what the effort is right now at the Kabul Airport," said Sarbanes.

Now many are starting to debate if America should resettle the refugees created by this situation.

"I think if we can provide that opportunity for them we absolutely should try. There's a lot of bureaucracy that gets involved there. I think we should streamline that if we can," said Sarbanes. "In the meantime, there's other places they can go on an interim basis as they are being processed to come to this country, but I think we owe that to them and we should make every effort to do that."