IRC Reports: US Businesses Urge Congress to Pass Afghan Adjustment Act
New York, NY, November 17, 2022 — The The US Chamber of Commerce, Airbnb, DoorDash and several other prominent US employers are urging Congress to pass the bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act ahead of congressional budget discussions in December. They join governors from both political parties, veterans service organizations, faith groups, refugee advocates and Americans across the country in support of this legislation.
In a letter sent to Congress todayEmployers and professional associations across the United States highlighted the contributions Afghans are already making to the social and economic fabric of the country after being in the United States for just over a year, and that supporting the law of Afghan adjustment not only makes moral sense but also makes economic sense. New IRC data revealed that Afghans are expected to contribute $1.4 billion in income and nearly $200 million in taxes in their first year of employment alone.
Signatories to the letter range from large national corporations to small businesses and chambers of commerce calling for passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would create a pathway to permanent status for more than 78,000 Afghans evacuated to the United States late 2021 and 2022. Currently, Afghans who arrived as part of this effort are only permitted to stay in the United States for up to two years.
Jonathan Baselice, vice president of immigration policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said:
“The Chamber enthusiastically supports the Afghan Adjustment Act. The bill will bring much-needed stability and certainty to our Afghan allies who are building their lives here in the United States. We urge members of the House and Senate to quickly enact this legislation before the end of this Congress.
JC Hendrickson, senior policy and advocacy director at the International Rescue Committee, said:
“America has a long tradition of bipartisan support for refugees, as they have made the United States stronger and better for generations. Today, major employers and associations join in the broad support for the Afghan Adjustment Law that we have seen over the past few months. From businesses to elected leaders, veterans and everyday Americans, everyone agrees that this bill is not only necessary, but essential for our new Afghan neighbors. It’s time for Congress to do it. »