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    ‘We Need Our Voice to Be Heard’: Afghan Resettlement Efforts Unfinished 2 Years After Withdrawal

    ‘We Need Our Voice to Be Heard': Afghan Resettlement Efforts Unfinished 2 Years After Withdrawal

    Lucky's halal market in Worth, Texas, transforms into a community center for Afghan refugees a few times a month.

    Community leaders help others fill out immigration paperwork, translate documents from English and listen to their neighbors' struggles getting work authorization or supporting their families.

    Normally, Lucky, who goes by a pseudonym to protect family members remaining in , feels like the U.S. government doesn't hear the community's concerns. For example, many of the Afghans in Lucky's community have applied to renew their soon-to-expire work authorization but have yet to get a response from immigration officials, he said.

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    “To be honest with you, we don't get any response from the government authorities,” said Lucky, a former translator for the U.S. military who immigrated to the U.S. in 2017 but returned to Afghanistan in 2021 to help his ailing mother. He was evacuated by U.S. forces after the Taliban overran .

    But last week, a Biden administration official was there to listen.

    “It did bring a positive effect for these people,” Lucky said of the official's visit to Texas, expressing confidence that last week's meetings will see results. “We are hoping to hear something back from them, or if they can at least expedite their process. Because if they don't get their work authorization on time, all…

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