For those of us who served in the war in Afghanistan, our withdrawal more than a year ago will stay with us until we die. So many of us have left pieces of ourselves in that country, both literally and figuratively. Many of us have served with the Afghan partners we trained with and fought alongside, and in many cases, we owe our lives to them.
It is a stain on our country that will take generations to fade, a wound that will never heal in the hearts of my generation of veterans.While there is some hope that maybe we’ll get some answers about what’s really going on with the new Republican majority promising investigation And hearings, stories like the one I’m about to tell you highlight just how fractured our government has become.
It’s easy to become numb to the numbers we hear every day, the statistics showing how far we’ve fallen—from the economy and crime to borders and failing test scores. So sometimes it’s worth keeping an eye on a number, or in this case, a person.
Please give refuge to Abdul Wasi Safi, an elite Afghan soldier who fought alongside American soldiers against the Taliban. He was detained across the Texas border after a harrowing escape. @America president @GregAbbott_TX @State Council @DHSgov pic.twitter.com/zWavMKyogE
— Ann (@Surviving_TX) December 1, 2022
Where is the Mother of Exiles?
Abdul Wasi Safi is proud to serve his country, Afghanistan. He trained in the US Special Forces as part of an elite group of Special Forces Commandos.
He stood alongside our bravest and deadliest soldiers, fighting for a common cause and the hope of our country. Then everything changed.
We’ve all heard the stories of Afghan forces laying down their arms and surrendering to the Taliban with little to no fight. Abdul was not that kind of guy.
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He was still fighting the Taliban when we frantically left his country and was forced into hiding when the last American plane left. Through the negligence of our government, we have given the Taliban the tools to go after and find people like Abdul.
Thanks to the biometric devices we left behind, the Taliban only needed Abdul’s fingerprints to identify and execute him because he fought with us. Thankfully, American Veterans did what our government wouldn’t do and helped him from safe house to safe house, took him to Pakistan and eventually to Brazil.
Abdul traveled through ten different countries, being robbed, tortured and beaten along the way. Still, he will not give up until he reaches a country that he knows deep down will accept him, because America will certainly accept him.
a generation ago @Chuck Grassley A hero to the Vietnamese who evacuated at the end of the Vietnam War.Today, he can speak for Afghans who evacuated last August, more than 300,000 Afghan wartime allies, and #moralinjury 🧵
— Matt Zeller (@mattczeller) December 15, 2022
A hero’s welcome?
Abdul managed to reach our border and was arrested trying to cross the Rio Grande in September.
Now, just like how the Taliban have biometric data on people like Abdul, so does our government, so one would think that once Abdul was identified as a former member of the Afghan Special Forces, his asylum claim would at least Will be considered, if not indeed.
Think again; instead, he was charged with a federal crime of attempting to enter our country illegally. The other 90+ immigrants he crossed illegally were released because, obviously, we only welcome into our country those we don’t know, not those we’ve trained and fought with us.
abdul told fox news:
“I was in the special forces commando of the US military. I wanted to come to the US. I wouldn’t choose another country to help me because I was with them. But I came here and they put me in jail.”
Services, like in our country, everywhere tend to run in families, and Abdul was no exception. His brother, Sami-Ullah Safi, is a translator for our army.
He was granted a special immigrant visa and became a U.S. citizen in 2021. So why can’t Abdul get citizenship?
Secretary Mayorkas said our country’s immigration system was “broken”.
Well, maybe they won’t, if @Joe Biden The border crisis is not being ignored!
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 15, 2022
the devil in the details
Our government has a unique way of really sticking it to the people on technical details. For example, Sami-Ullah Safi works for the US military, which means our government pays him for his services.
Abdul worked for the Afghan Army and although our country facilitated his training and he fought alongside us, he was not on our payroll. Therefore, he is seen as different from his brother.
Steve Patterson, chief operating officer of the US Special Warfare Association, has been working hard find a way out Help someone like Abdul:
“We’ve been looking at a pathway to citizenship for them, looking at the federal level, but there’s just not as much energy on Capitol Hill as we’d like to see to get those things passed.”
If you’ve never had the pleasure of serving in Special Operations, you don’t know how deep the connection is. That family is more than marriage and a relationship with one’s own children.
Abdul is one of them, one of us. Still, he could now be deported back to Afghanistan for being politically inconvenient, and no doubt a painful public execution.
BREAKING: Last night, a massive immigrant caravan of more than 1,000 people illegally crossed the border into El Paso, Texas, the largest single group we’ve ever seen. The city of El Paso reported that Border Patrol has now detained more than 5,000 people and has released hundreds onto city streets. @foxnews pic.twitter.com/ewUQX757Lt
— Bill Melukin (@BillFOXLA) December 12, 2022
Alone, longing to breathe free
Abdul’s story is not just that of a man fleeing for his life hoping to start a new life in a country that promised freedom and fairness. Rather, it is a real-life example of how the federal government was not created to emulate our values, but was deliberately broken to benefit those who care least about our values.
In less than a month, more illegal immigrants have been deported from the streets of El Paso than Afghans who have received visas and worked with us for over 20 years.
Senator Chuck Schumer announced last month:
“Now more than ever we are short of workers … the only way we are going to have a good future in America is by welcoming and embracing immigrants.”
There is a shortage of heroes like Abdul now more than ever. But does Chuck care about Abdul, or even the immigrant he claims to be hugging? I’ll let you answer that question.
Sammy Say Brother’s feelings:
“He’s deeply disappointed. He’s calling out to those who always told him, ‘We’re fighting a common enemy. We’re fighting shoulder to shoulder.’ He’s calling out to those who call him a ‘combat partner.’ Take this kind of behavior on him. He expects a hero’s welcome.”
Unfortunately, the hero’s welcome Yes What did he get.
Meanwhile, the government has pushed for student loan forgiveness for wealthy university graduates.It rained billions in distant countries to climate change.
We have homeless veterans all over the country. pic.twitter.com/oT0nSB8Yxm
— TheWarehouseGirlMAC (@GirlWarehouse) December 16, 2022
If our government officials don’t care about the thousands of homeless people, thousands of victims of crime and abuse, and thousands of children and women being trafficked into our country through our open borders, they Would care about a man who risked everything to fight for himself? To stand shoulder to shoulder with our own country, and then risk everything to come to the land of the free and the home of the brave?
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