Skip to main content
Front of the Capitol building

Congressman Issa Joined by Families and Students He Helped Escape from Afghanistan

September 3, 2021

San Marcos, CA - Yesterday, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) held a media event with families and students who escaped Afghanistan with his help. After the event, Congressman Issa issued the following statement:

“My team and I set a goal to bring Americans stranded in Afghanistan home - meeting and speaking with the families and children we were able to help escape was an honor and a testament to the tireless work of our team,” said Congressman Issa. “While this extraordinary gathering was a joyous welcome for these families, it only furthered my determination to bring the remaining stranded Americans back home to their loved ones.”

“Cajon Valley Union School District Family and Community Liaisons confirmed that there are a total of 38 people rescued, 19 of whom are Cajon Valley students. One family consisting of the mother and four children was left behind in Afghanistan and we are exploring strategies to rescue and bring them home," said Cajon Valley Union School District Superintendent David Miyashiro.
The link to the full media event can be found HERE.
Congressman Issa was also joined by El Cajon Valley Union School District Superintendent David Miyashiro and his team, and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells at yesterday's event.

Congressman Issa reiterated that his office has to date helped a total of six El Cajon-area families out of Afghanistan totaling 11 adults and 20 children. Rep. Issa and his office are still actively working to bring an additional family from the El Cajon community home, husband and wife both more than 80 years old, a pregnant American citizen beaten by the Taliban, an interpreter, and other stranded individuals back home to America.

New requests for the Congressman’s help continue to arrive. Individuals are encouraged to submit requests through the Afghanistan Evacuation Assistance Form at