Afghans in the US: Looking back, looking forward

By CIS on September 4, 2021


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Event Summary

The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a 10 a.m. EDT panel on Tuesday, September 14, to discuss the immigration implications of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the decision to admit over 100,000 immigrants.

Center for Immigration Studies experts discussed a new report  by Dr. Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research, which provides a detailed demographic look at Afghans in the United States, providing insight into how the new Afghans immigrants are likely to fare.

Panelist Dan Cadman, a Center fellow and 30-year veteran of INS and ICE, addressed the security, fraud, and health issues stemming from a large-scale admission of people from Afghanistan.

Dr. Nayla Rush, a senior researcher at the Center and refugee expert, discussed the potential number of Afghans who may arrive in the U.S. for permanent resettlement and the visa programs that will be used, and how the Biden administration is going outside of congressional visa programs.

The panel was moderated by Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director, who sees this crisis as an opportunity to craft new refugee policies which will be more consistent with our national interest and help more individuals in need.


Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies.

Steven Camarota, Director of Research

Nayla Rush, Senior Researcher

Dan Cadman, Fellow