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August 27, 2021

** Two Additional Families No Longer Stranded in Afghanistan **

After working to secure their release overnight, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) said this morning that two additional San Diego-area families are on their way home from Afghanistan.

“Amidst the heartbreak of yesterday and the chaos that has gripped Afghanistan for weeks, we continue to make extraordinary progress in bringing our people home,” said Congressman Issa. “It is an honor to help rescue and reunite families and loved ones, but we still have more work to do.”

Congressman Issa detailed that the two additional family units of last night comprised of seven people – three adults and four children – represent a total of six El Cajon-area families the office has helped extract from Afghanistan. The first four evacuated included seven adults and 16 children. We believe that most of the 20 total children are enrolled in school within the Cajon Valley Union School District, although exact numbers are not known at this time.

Congressman Issa concluded: “This has been an around-the-clock operation, and individuals inside of government and outside of it deserve our deepest thanks. But more members of our community still need our help. The mission is to bring our people home, and we will continue to do it.”

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Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.