December 21, 2022
The 5ive Pillars Organization expresses deep disappointment at the news of the Afghan Adjustment Act’s (AAA) exclusion from the Omnibus bill that Congress is set to vote on this month. We are deeply concerned for the security and wellbeing of hundreds of Afghan allies who call the Northern California region home.
The AAA is a life-saving bill that would have provided Afghan evacuees a pathway to lawful permanent residency before their temporary status is set to expire in 2023. Without the AAA, Afghan allies run the risk of deportation.
Our region has expressed strong support for the AAA, including bill co-sponsor Congressman Eric Swalwell, the Hayward City Council, Sacramento City Council and the Sacramento Board of Supervisors.
We express our deepest gratitude to our local resettlement partners, businesses, labor leaders, veterans, interfaith and human rights groups who stand behind passing the Afghan Adjustment Act.
Retired chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a former Supreme Allied commander of NATO and retired US Ambassadors who served as Chief of Mission in Kabul realize the importance of this bill and stand with us in support of including the Afghan Adjustment Act in the omnibus spending bill.
We hope Congress will take this overwhelming support into account and consider bringing the AAA for a vote. To learn about how to get involved in AAA advocacy, please consider visiting the Evacuate Our Allies Coalition and the Afghan Evac Coalition.