Sunday, October 17, 2021

Most people in US favor Afghan ally refugees: WNN-NORC survey

WASHINGTON (WNN) – Most people in the US wish Afghans working with Americans offered resettlement in the United States, a new survey shows, with former military translators and others struggling to escape the Taliban regime. affirms support for political division.

Survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research 72% of Americans say they are in favor of granting refugee status to people who worked with the US or Afghan governments during the war in Afghanistan., if they pass the security check.

For officials, veterans and others from refugee resettlement groups working to bring Afghan allies on planes from Afghanistan, the survey’s findings reveal what they are seeing on the ground: large numbers of American Afghans being killed in any The Taliban regard giving asylum out of retaliation. As a duty and a necessary coda of almost 20 years of war.

Patrick Raglo, executive director of a local Catholic charity in Oklahoma City preparing for at least 1,800 Afghan refugees in the state, said he is making hundreds of community offers of aid and support for Afghan migrants.

Raglo said Oklahoma farmers and ranchers have voluntarily donated a few acres of land to Afghan families.

Raglow said of the rehabilitation, “I see it as a continuation of the mission of the brave 13 Americans who gave their lives, protected and sheltered and provided security to these people,” Raglow said of the resettlement, Calling upon the killed US service members When a suicide bomber targeted a US-run evacuation at Kabul’s airport on 26 August, 169 Afghans were also killed in an attack. “It’s a way to continue that mission.”

Matt Zeller, an Afghanistan war veteran and founder of the veterans group No One Left Behind, said he has also seen widespread support for Afghan refugees.

“I don’t think the American public has had any more unifying issues since 9/11,” said Zeller, whose group is part of a civil society effort that includes veterans, liberal suburbanists and staunch conservatives, Democratic and Republican lawmakers and Others are included. Which has mobilized to drive out high-risk Afghans from the Taliban-held country.

Zeller and others are dismayed that the US airlift and subsequent private flights – handicapped by the Taliban and US bureaucracy – have drawn only a fraction of the thousands of Afghans potentially eligible for special immigrant visas.

In times of intense political division, nearly three-quarters of both Republicans and Democrats support refugee status for Afghans working with the US or Afghan governments. Overall, only 9% of Americans say they are protesting.

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“We are indebted to them,” said Andrew Davis, 62, a Republican and Army veteran in Galloway, Ohio. “It would be dangerous for them to be there, I think, if they helped us.”

The survey shows the US does the US more favors than resisting taking other Afghans if they pass the security check. Yet less than half, 42%, support that category of refugees, while 26% oppose. An additional 31% say they are neither in favor nor against.

More Democrats than Republicans support refugee status for others who fear living in a Taliban-ruled country, 57% to 27%. 20 percent of Democrats are opposed, while 23% are neither in favor nor against. Among Republicans, 38% are opposed and 35% hold neither opinion.

Davis said he supports accepting former Afghan employees of the US or Afghan governments and is ready to do the same for other Afghans who feel threatened by the Taliban. But he stressed the importance of security checks for all Afghan refugees to check any security risks.

“If we can do that… I think we should get them in,” he said. “I mean, they’re clearly in danger.”

Bill Cronin, a 74-year-old retired and Republican in the San Francisco Bay Area, said he supports helping Afghan interpreters and others who went out of their way to help American service members and civilians.

While he spoke with the frustration of immigration across the US-Mexico borderHe clarified that he has placed the former Afghan allies of the Americans in a special category.

“They knelt on their necks knowing or perhaps not knowing that they might be killed by the Taliban,” Cronin said. “So why wouldn’t you want to take care of those people?”

Lauren Shulman, a 63-year-old bookstore worker and Democrat in Florida who said she strongly approves of special immigrant visas, said the knowledge that only a few desperate Afghan allies have survived the Taliban regime so far was her Makes the plight more compelling.

Schulman said, Americans “have been watching him for days and weeks — trying to get out.”

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The WNN-NORC survey of 1,099 adults was conducted September 23–27 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the US population. The margin of sample error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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