U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement about casework efforts to assist the evacuation of U.S. and Afghan citizens from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover:
“The Administration must do everything in its power to bring American citizens home from Afghanistan and safely evacuate our Afghan partners. Over the past 20 years, thousands of Afghans have risked—and in many cases sacrificed—their lives, and the lives of their families, in aid of the United States. Oftentimes, they have safeguarded the lives of American troops. Now under immediate threat by the Taliban, we have a duty and moral obligation to assist these brave men and women.
“Our joint casework team has been working around the clock, engaging with those who have requested assistance—both U.S. and Afghan citizens—for evacuation, as well as visa and refugee application assistance. We have put in inquiries with the State Department on these requests. We and our teams will continue doing everything in our power to assist our citizens and our partners.”
Senators Romney and Lee merged their casework operations in 2019–a first in the Senate—to best serve the needs of Utahns.