Arsalan Sultani arrived to the United States in a packed cargo plane after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last August. Now he and more than 400 others resettled in Syracuse face formidable hurdles to stay permanently.| Provided Photo

Podcast Episode 2

A Polarizing Promise: The Potential of the Afghan Adjustment Act

“I think one of the first things I learned when I immigrated to America is about the polarization of politics,” said Saboor Sakhizada who’s lived in the United States for the past decade. “There’s these two dominant political parties that seems like they couldn’t get along on any matter. There’s always this black and white matter, right?”

But now, he thinks he’s discovered a gray area: The Afghan Adjustment Act. After family arrived in the wake of Afghanistan’s fall, qualifying them as humanitarian parolees, uncertainty remains on the length of their welcome.

In this episode of “My South Side” podcast, host Abby Fritz speaks with lawyers, advocates and humanitarian parolees about the legal and political sides of this issue. This podcast takes a closer look at the options humanitarian parolees currently have to seek permanent residence.

To listen to the podcast’s debut, search on Spotify and The Stand’s website. 

A transcript of the episode is provided here

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