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Unknown Number Of CA Schoolchildren Trapped In Afghanistan, Biden Admin Is Silent

Two months have passed since the U.S. troops were forced out of Afghanistan. There are still a few American schoolchildren trapped there, as well as some relatives who remain in Afghanistan.

According to the Sacramento Bee, 41 San Juan Unified school District children were reported as being trapped in Afghanistan behind enemy lines on Wednesday. Families of the children were visiting Afghanistan during summer vacation on military service special visas.

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Are You Still Here?

At first, the school district claimed that only few students were still in Afghanistan and that eight were currently trapped. Last week, officials from San Juan Unified Schools District confirmed that 41 students were still living in Afghanistan. The district claims that only three of the 41 students have been evacuated, but they are still abroad.

Initial thought was that only one family would be left, but attendance records show more missing students and they have been linked to the remaining Afghans.

Cajon Valley Union school district students are facing a more difficult situation. The number of American students and those with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV’s) could be as high as 1,000.

The Los Angeles Times reported at the start of September that 16 parents and 24 students were trapped in the same district. Three students are also missing from the Sacramento City Unified Schools District. 

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What Can Be Done to Get These Out?

Reports claim that Darrell Issa (Republican from California) has tried to aid in the exodus of American students, their families and other Afghans. The Los Angeles Times reports that Issa and district officials are, “trying to remind the White House, DHS, and State Department daily that there are children trapped behind enemy lines and under threat from the Taliban.”

Issa believes that, while some have been saved from certain dangers, there’s still much to be done. He said, “Yes, there has been some success, and we’re delighted to have these kids back in school and their parents, united.”

He continued, “But we also know that there’s a lot more work to do and that working through official channels and with foreign countries and with unofficial channels is going to take a lot of work.”

Issa added that he believes there are still possibly “thousands” or “tens of thousands” of American citizens and special visa holders still “languishing in Afghanistan” or “neighboring countries waiting to come” home to America.

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Biden Administration Response

Biden State Department remains tight-lipped on how they try to rescue stranded Americans from Afghanistan. Officials say they have “repatriated” roughly 105 U.S. citizens and 95 lawful permanent residents. 

The State Department also said”

These numbers represent the number of individuals whose departures we assisted. We are not able to discuss specific cases due to privacy concerns. Our first focus is on U.S. citizen with immediate family who are currently able to leave and possess travel documents. We will then more intensively focus on the subset of U.S. citizens with immediate family members for whom documentation has been an issue, to find ways to assist them.” 

President Biden has hailed the disaster in Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of 13 American service members an “extraordinary success.”

He maintains that the government attempted to contact Americans who have ultimately been stranded 19 times in order to help them leave, and says, “We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out.”

With the Taliban taking control of Kabul Airport, it became impossible to travel out of Afghanistan. Joe Biden implied that Americans were stranded in Afghanistan because of their own actions. 

The Los Angeles Times reports that the school districts are working with “Congressional representatives,” but makes no mention if the Biden administration is also assisting.

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