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Senators press Biden administration to improve treatment of Afghans

By Abigail Hauslohner

26 May 2022 · 4 min read

WASHINGTON - A group of Democratic senators on Thursday called on the Biden administration to account for what they said was "disparate" treatment of Afghans who have sought to flee their country since the U.S. withdrawal compared with Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion.

President Joe Biden's recent creation of a program to ease a pathway to the United States for Ukrainian war refugees cast the administration's more restrictive policy toward Afghans and others into "stark" relief, Democratic Sens. Edward J. Markey (Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) wrote in an open letter to Biden and the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday.

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