The proximity of Maryland to the District of Columbia places its immigrant community close to the restrictions emerging from the U.S. Department of State. Visas meant to enable Afghans who aided U.S. military forces to come to the country and escape persecution in their homeland appear to be running out. A request made in the late months of the Obama administration for 4,000 more visas for Afghans resulted in Congress approving only 1,500 more Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans.
An official from the State Department revealed that only 1,437 visas remain available currently. Immigration advocates insist that the Afghans who helped the military need to come to the United States because the Taliban continually hunts them down in their homeland.