SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Almost a week after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, the situation there is more desperate than ever.
“He is very afraid of what will happen to his family,” said Ann Block, an immigration attorney.
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Block works with a man who lives in the Castro Valley, whose wife and children are still trapped in Kabul.
She says the family tried to get to the airport four times this week, only to no avail or turned around each time.
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“You can’t leave. You can’t come here. It’s too dangerous for you even to drive to the airport. I’ve never had a situation like this. In 35 years I’ve been practicing immigration law for 35 years.” Block said.
Spojmie Nasiri hears stories like this too.
The East Bay immigration attorney works with around 50 Afghan families. She says her clients have seen onslaught, tear gas, gunfire and Taliban checkpoints.
According to Spojmie and Block, the State Department says all of their customers are qualified for evacuation back to the US and have received visa papers.
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And yet – it still goes wrong.
“You flooded this visa paper where anyone can go and get it, whether you’re a citizen, resident, pending case, or just wanting to get out of Afghanistan, it doesn’t have your name or your case number. Therefore, those who were legally required to enter could not and still cannot get in, “said Nasiri.
But despite the terror and confusion, the lawyers say, one thing remains clear.
“We have to be able to get these people out. That relied on us that the US government trusted to do the right thing. And there has to be a way to do that,” Block said.
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