Republican Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) has drafted a bill to raise the huge inflow of migrants from Afghanistan into Americans’ communities, workplaces, and housing.
The expansion bill is titled the “Showing American Values by Evacuating (SAVE) Afghan Partners Act of 2021.”
The bill offers an additional 10,000 “Special Immigrant Visas” — enough for perhaps 40,000 family members — and widens the eligibility to people who merely “contributed” to U.S. government operations in the country.
Under current rules, the SIV family visas are only granted to Afghans who worked hand-in-glove with U.S. military forces, such as translators. But Meijer’s bill would grant the SIV visas — and also, quickly, citizenship — to Afghans who were paid by the U.S. taxpayers, for example, to build roads, hospitals, and schools for Afghans. The Meijer bill says:
Section 602(b)(2)(A)(ii)(I) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note) is amended by