Deep Dive (Aug. 25): Taliban Blocks Afghans From Leaving the Country

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
August 25, 2021Deep Diveshare

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are unhappy about the situation in Afghanistan. Many are doubtful that the United States can get everyone out of Afghanistan by the end of August. Afghans have been banned from fleeing their country on evacuation flights. A Taliban spokesman said: “The road that ends at the Kabul airport has been blocked. Foreigners can go through it, but Afghans are not allowed to take the road.” This sudden announcement means that thousands of people who have worked for the international coalition, and others who fear persecution under the extremist movement, are now trapped.

The Supreme Court has ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The policy says migrants have to stay in Mexico while they wait for their U.S. immigration court dates. On Tuesday, Justices declined the Biden administration’s request to place the policy on hold. The Supreme Court said the Biden administration did not show that it wasn’t acting hastily and without reason when it struck down the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The legal term is acting in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner.

The House of Representatives approved the $3.5 trillion budget plan that paves the way for Democrats to pass legislation expanding the social safety net. Moderates in the House played a key role in its passage. They had refused to vote for the budget proposal before the infrastructure bill was passed. But through negotiations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to pass the infrastructure bill by Sept. 27. The budget bill is likely to face challenges in the Senate because moderate Sen. Joe Manchin has concerns about the bill’s huge price tag.

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