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Issa Announces Additional Americans Home From Afghanistan

October 8, 2021

“True collaboration got this done and got them home”


Today, Congressman Issa announced that two additional Americans were freed from Afghanistan and have reached their home in the San Diego community.

“After tireless hours of work and a perilous journey in one of the world’s most dangerous regions, another family from our community is finally home,” said Congressman Issa. “The credit goes to an extraordinary group of people, especially from two of my colleagues – Congressman Markwayne Mullin and Congressman Mike Waltz – as well as several concerned citizens who refused to believe this couldn’t be done.”

“Where the Biden Administration has shown weakness, the American people have shown true strength. I am incredibly grateful to the Sentinel Foundation and the many brave Americans who have stepped up and answered the call to help,” said Congressman Mullin. “My team and I are continuing to work around the clock to rescue abandoned American citizens who want to get out of Afghanistan. We have had tremendous success, but we are not done yet and we cannot stop until every American is home.”

“I want to thank our brave veterans who helped guide this family safely out of Afghanistan and back home in the United States,” said Congressman Waltz. “Thank God these private sector groups stepped up and filled the gap left by the Biden Administration after they abandoned Americans behind terrorist lines. The State Department must begin to better coordinate with these groups, now, in a public-private partnership to ensure the hundreds of remaining Americans and their families get out as soon as possible.”

The rescued couple are both American citizens more than 80 years old and with deep roots in the San Diego region. They attempted to flee Afghanistan for several weeks and were repeatedly thwarted by the Taliban after being left behind following the Biden Administration’s chaotic departure from the country. The Mullin and Waltz Congressional offices took the lead in first advancing this vital casework, and key assistance was also provided by the Sentinel Foundation, which worked closely to assist the couple.

Congressman Issa added: “Because the Biden State Department has not fulfilled its obligations to the American citizens it left behind in Afghanistan, I am especially grateful to my friends Rep. Mullin and Rep. Waltz for leading their teams and guiding the efforts in government and among private channels that ultimately brought this family home.”

“While this is a day to celebrate, it is also a reminder than many more Americans and much more of our community remains in Afghanistan. We can’t quit until they are reunited with their loved ones.”

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.