Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan:
"The United States must continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of American citizens and service members still in Afghanistan. The Taliban must know that the world is watching its treatment of Afghan citizens, especially women and girls.
"The U.S. military and intelligence community must maintain a presence in the region to combat terrorism and threats to America. But after two decades of war in Afghanistan, President Biden made the difficult--but right--decision to bring our American troops home. The United States must not remain in an endless war and become involved in Afghanistan's civil conflict. Former President Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban last year to draw down American troops and President Biden is now carrying out that mission.
"I believe we must have a whole-of-government approach to process, transport and relocate those who served side-by-side with American and allied forces in the fight against terrorism. In Congress, I have supported expanding Special Immigrant Visas to more quickly relocate those Afghans safely outside the country."