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    Afghan Soldier Who Was Arrested at US-Mexico Border After Fleeing Taliban Is Granted Asylum

    Afghan Soldier Who Was Arrested at US-Mexico Border After Fleeing Taliban Is Granted Asylum

    HOUSTON — An Afghan soldier who fled the Taliban and traveled through nearly a dozen countries before being arrested at the Texas- border and detained for months has been granted asylum, allowing him to remain in the United States, his brother said Wednesday.

    Abdul Wasi Safi, 27, is one of tens of thousands of Afghan citizens who fled to the U.S. following the withdrawal of its forces from in August 2021.

    The soldier, called Wasi by family and friends, and his older brother, Sami Safi, worried that if Wasi Safi wasn't granted asylum, he could be sent back to Afghanistan, where he would likely be killed by the Taliban because he had worked with the U.S. .

    But Wasi Safi's lawyer surprised the brothers Tuesday with news that his asylum request had been granted. The brothers, who in Houston, had thought a decision wasn't coming until a Nov. 19 court hearing.

    “I have tears of joy in my eyes,” Sami Safi said. “Now he can live here. Now he can be safe here.”

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review, which handles immigration cases, didn't immediately reply to an email seeking comment about Wasi Safi being granted asylum, which was first reported by the Military Times.

    An intelligence officer for the Afghan National Security Forces, Wasi Safi made his way to Brazil last year. Last summer, he started a months-long journey on foot and by boat through…

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