Save Aysha and her Family

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Please join me and my family in fighting to save a heroic Afghan interpreter, Muhammad Kamran, and his family from the Taliban. The Kamran family is in critical danger because Muhammad worked for the US military and War on Terror for 10 years. I am a graduate student at Cornell University and a volunteer for No One Left Behind, and my family and I are trying to sponsor the Kamran family for humanitarian visas to the United States to save their lives, as I wrote about in USA Today recently . But we need help with financially supporting the Kamran family while we try to get them visas.

Muhammad directly saved American soldiers' lives, including one time he dashed into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. He was trusted by his military supervisors who praised his work ethic and dedication to serving the US mission in Afghanistan, and his incredible skill of fluently speaking five languages and all 10 dialects of his native language made him indispensable on Special Forces night raids on Taliban insurgents. But the Taliban considers him a criminal and is working hard to find and kill Muhammad, his wife, and his four young daughters. The whole family has been living in hiding for more than four years. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban. You can hear Muhammad's story in his own words in our 4-min YouTube video  or a recent interview on The Michael Calderin Show .

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My family and I tried to sponsor the Kamran family for humanitarian parole to save their lives, but the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied the cases and refused to say why, despite the strong support of a former Navy Lieutenant  who had personally worked with Muhammad in Afghanistan. Thirty-eight bipartisan members of Congress, led by Congressman Jeff Denham and Congressman Jamie Raskin, sent a letter last July to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen  asking her to disclose to Congress why DHS denied the case, which USCIS has still not answered nearly four months later. Muhammad's case has recently been reported on by The Christian Post , McClatchy , RedState ,  The Ithaca Voice , and The Sacramento Bee .

We are thrilled that Congress has taken an incredible step to help us get the case re-considered. But we are continuing to financially support the Kamran family, and we have spent over $58,000 on living expenses, medical bills, and filing fees and other legal expenses over the last 20 months. Our financial support is the only reason the family has survived since they are living illegally in hiding in Pakistan. Muhammad has no way to work and is often beaten by police who come to his house searching for undocumented immigrants. He has to pay a bribe to avoid being arrested and murdered.

When the US military mostly pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban gained strength in Afghanistan and killed many interpreters or their family members in revenge. One of Muhammad's brothers and a nephew, Sahil, who was also an interpreter, were shot and left for dead in an assassination attempt on Muhammad and his family. After the Taliban ambush, Muhammad fled his home district, just in time to escape a second Taliban attack that destroyed their family home. Consequently, Muhammad lost all contact with US military personnel who could have helped him apply for an SIV visa.

When I learned about Muhammad and his family's plight a year and a half ago, I was determined to do everything possible to save their lives. Muhammad had tried to apply to the US as a refugee on his own, but he was denied for “discretionary security reasons,” a very common problem for former military interpreters and their families. When Muhammad's refugee case was denied, he was devastated and lost all hope for saving his life and his family's lives. He said the only option left for him was to surrender to the Taliban, thinking that after the Taliban tortured and killed him, they would stop looking for his children. I told him not to give up and promised him to find a way to save their lives.

Please help us keep our promise to Muhammad to save his life and his family's lives. They do not deserve to suffer and die because of Muhammad's service to the US military. My family hired a lawyer and filed a humanitarian parole case to sponsor Muhammad and his family to come live in the US while he works to get permanent, legal status in the US. Our humanitarian parole case for them may be our last chance to save their lives. In what our lawyer says is the most egregious case she has ever seen, USCIS denied Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases because his refugee case had been denied and without even bothering to figure out why the refugee case had been denied. Thus, they denied Muhammad's humanitarian parole case for “discretionary reasons” without even knowing what those discretionary reasons were. This is effectively a death sentence for the entire family. USCIS refused to even allow Muhammad's sister and brother, who live in the United States, to raise his young daughters, claiming that even his young daughters are a security concern.

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Please help us raise money to continue to support Muhammad and his family to keep them alive while we try to get their case reconsidered. Muhammad is a hero who faithfully served the US mission in Afghanistan for over 10 years and is now in grave danger because the Taliban is determined to get revenge. He has already lost everything except his and his family's lives because of his service to America, but he is still proud of his choice to work for the US military. All he wants in return is the chance to bring his daughters to safety and to give them a future. We are not willing to leave this family behind to be killed by the same terrorists that Muhammad risked his life to fight for so many years. The funds will be used for living expenses for Muhammad and his family as we continue the fight to get them to safety. Please also consider signing our Change.Org petition in support of the family here .

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