War Veterans Are Traveling To Red States To Advocate For Afghans

by | Oct 31, 2022 | Politics

After the Taliban detained and tortured Safi Rauf, a Naval reservist and former linguist with U.S. Special Forces, he realized how dangerous it was for Afghans with ties to the U.S. to live under Taliban rule. Over the past month, Rauf and other U.S. veterans have been traveling to conservative states to lobby for a bipartisan bill that would make it easier for Afghan evacuees to become legal permanent residents and will help those who are left behind to come to the U.S. Advertisement“Nobody understands better than me,” Rauf said, remembering what it was like to be held hostage by the Taliban. “I saw Afghans in prison. I saw people from the military, anybody who had worked with Americans and how they were being tortured.” He and his brother were helping at-risk Afghans evacuate the country last December when they were both captured. The U.S. government negotiated their release after 105 days of detention and torture. Rauf came to America in 2010 as an Afghan refugee when he was 17, served with the U.S. Special Forces and worked closely with the Afghans on the ground from 2012 to 2016. He is currently in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Rauf said the Afghan Adjustment Act gives Americans the opportunity to support Afghans who helped U.S. war efforts and ensure that they arrive safely in the states.“Veterans, when we left all of those allies behind, suffered moral injury,” Rauf said. “Our military told th …

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