President It’s Biden was asked by American veterans groups to intervene in an asylum case involving an Afghan soldier who had previously fought against the Taliban.
Abdul Wasi Safi previously served in the US Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, and after the fall of Kabul in August 2021, continued to fight the Taliban alongside the northern resistance.
Wassey traveled to multiple safe houses after being forced to flee Afghanistan and relied on American veteran volunteers for help and potential relocation, but was met with “harsh treatment and branded a terrorist by the local community” when he entered Pakistan, according to a letter from American veterans groups sent to Biden on Dec. 21.
“He traveled by foot or bus through 10 countries, surviving torture, robbery and assassination attempts, to seek asylum in the United States because of threats to his life and expects a hero’s welcome from his American allies,” the letter said. countries.
While Wassey was able to make his way to America’s southern border on Sept. 30, he was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents and charged with illegal entry, according to the letter. Vasi is currently being held at the Eden Detention Center in Texas.
The veterans’ groups urged Biden in the letter to grant Vasey parole status.
“Given the Taliban’s known vendetta against Afghan special operations forces, Lt. Wasi’s asylum case is certainly credible and his death certain if he is deported back to Afghanistan.” Afghan special forces have faithfully served America and none of them should have to endure a journey like this to safety,” the letter said. “We urge you to fulfill America’s promise to Lt. Abdul Wasi Safi and begin healing the moral injuries by granting him parole status while he awaits a hearing on his valid asylum claim.”
Groups such as the Special Operations Association of America, Save Our Allies, the Ukraine Coordination Network of Non-Governmental Organizations and Project Exodus are among the signatories of the letter.
In a previous phone interview with Fox News from Eden Detention CenterVasi said he was disappointed by America’s reaction when he crossed the border,
“I was part of the US military’s special commandos,” Vasi said. “I wanted to come to the United States. I don’t choose another country to help me because I was with them. But I come here and they put me in jail.”
“Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. I traveled all this distance to get to the United States because I thought and hoped that the American government would help me,” Vasi said.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Liz Frieden and Krista Garvin contributed to this report.
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