Recently, a Facebook page for applicants to a special American visa program featured the photo of an Afghan man who had been beheaded by Afghan insurgents. The young man had been advising the Afghan Border Police as an interpreter for the United States Marines in 2010, which may have been the very reason insurgents chose to make an example of him. A young man by the name of Amin faced a similar plight, but has thus far survived insurgents and could use the help of a qualified and competent team of immigration attorney in the United States.
Amin was 18 when he gave up his dream of becoming a journalist upon learning about the beheadings by insurgents. He had become disgusted by what he saw as brutality and ignorance among the insurgency and decided to work with Marines coming into Helmand.
He became an integral part of the efforts of the Marines at the outpost to which he had been assigned, and was a constant fixture therein. Local leaders remembered his face with each rotation of Marines as he also had expert knowledge of the relationships between Afghan soldiers, police, politicians, and elders. One of the problems in Afghanistan involved elders who dwelt in the grey area between enforcing the law and infringing upon it.
One of these elders known as “Abdul” had fought against the mujahedeen and had been imprisoned by the Taliban. In 2010 he was recruited by the district governor of his hometown to fight with the U.S. Marines against the Taliban which earned him the respect of American military commanders.
Abdul took advantage of that respect and put together a personal security team of over 40 fighters to extort shopkeepers in the local bazaar. He cooperated with the Taliban and withheld supplies from any police precinct that tried to get in the way of his corrupt efforts.
Amin recognized Abdul’s abuse of power as well as that of other prominent Afghans and helped to expose and eradicate such corruption. Part of his “reward” for his efforts included threats upon himself and his family, which led him to apply to the aforementioned special visa program for Afghan and Iraqi nationals.
Because of his invaluable service to the U.S. Marines he was able to get some of the help he needed, but efforts were stymied by red tape resulting from a flawed special visa program. Amin’s visa is nearly approved but only after more than a year of cutting through that red tape in order to complete the application process. This process, while necessary, should not be anywhere near as extensive or challenging for those who legitimately need these visas and help in completing the process should be more readily available.
If you or someone you know is in a situation similar to Amin’s and trying to complete this same process, please contact the immigration attorney at Lyttle Law Firm PLLC in Austin by calling 512-215-5225.