On Tuesday, Democratic Congresswomen Sara Jacobs (D-CA) called out the Biden administration for their incompetent handling of withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban has since taken over following the hasty exit.
“I wish the Biden administration had done more planning,” Jacobs said in a video posted to Twitter. “Right now, we need to focus on evacuating as many people as possible. I, and many others in Congress, stand ready to do whatever we need to do to speed up that process and get all of our allies or as many of them as possible out of harm’s way.”
Dem Rep. Sara Jacobs on Afghanistan: "I wish the Biden administration had done more planning." pic.twitter.com/iqoxeZuiua— The Hill (@thehill) August 17, 2021
Back in June, Jacobs joined over 20 Members of Congress in a bipartisan effort to evacuate refugees from Afghanistan. The group, dubbed as the Honoring Our Promises Working Group, wrote a letter to President Biden explaining that the current Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process for Afghan refugees will not work as the process takes at least 800 days, when the deadline to evacuate refugees before U.S. withdrawal was 100 days away.
“After examining this situation through multiple hearings, briefings, and our own offices’ and outreach, our bipartisan working group has concluded that we must evacuate our Afghan friends and allies immediately. No U.S. entity – to include the Department of Defense, Department of State, USAID, et al. – has the ability or authority to protect them after our withdrawal,” the letter states. “It would be a moral failure to transfer the responsibility to protect our Afghan partners onto the shoulders of the Afghan government. The time is now to honor our promise and evacuate Afghan SIV applicants.”
Yes, we did. https://t.co/IEBMmDFMez— Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (@RepSaraJacobs) August 17, 2021
In the video, Jacobs explained how Biden’s mishandling of our withdrawal from Afghanistan has serious ramifications on the Honoring Our Promises Working Group’s efforts.
“There were many of us in a bipartisan task force to honor our promises that had been pushing to make sure that we were planning for what we were going to do with our allies, that we were planning to make sure we were looking at all options, not only for SIVs, but also, for women and nonprofit leaders and politicians and young people who bought into the idea that we were working for freedom and working for democracy there. And because of that, we’re going to be punished,” Jacobs said in the video.
“Veterans in Congress understand this firsthand: when we recruited our Afghan friends, we promised to have their backs,” the letter states. “If we fail to protect our allies in Afghanistan, it will have a lasting impact on our future partnerships and global reputation, which will then be a great detriment to our troops and the future of national security."