El Cajon families speak out after being rescued from Afghanistan

EL CAJON (KUSI) – As hundreds of American remain stuck in Afghanistan, some El Cajon residents are speaking out about their escape from the country.

Meantime, Congressman Issa held a media event with the students and families he and his staff helped escape from Afghanistan after the Taliban took Kabul.

Issa issued a statement before the press conference saying, “This extraordinary gathering is at once a joyous welcome home to members of our community we helped lead to freedom — as well as our commitment of resolve to families and friends that we have yet to bring home. That work continues today and every day.”

EL CAJON (KUSI) – Congressman Issa held a media event with the students and families he and his staff helped escape from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country.

Issa issued a statement before the press conference saying, “This extraordinary gathering is at once a joyous welcome home to members of our community we helped lead to freedom — as well as our commitment of resolve to families and friends that we have yet to bring home. That work continues today and every day.”

The students rescued attend various schools within the Cajon Valley Union School District.

President Biden told the country no American would be left behind, but there are still students with family from the Cajon Valley District that were left stranded in the county.

Officials say more than 30 California children are still stuck in Afghanistan after they traveled to the country to see relatives weeks before the Taliban seized power and were unable to get out before U.S. forces left. Officials with three school districts in the San Diego and Sacramento areas where the children are enrolled say they have been in contact with the families and report they fear having been forgotten by the U.S. government.

Nearly all of the children returned to Afghanistan with one or both of their parents in the spring or early summer to see relatives.

Congressman Issa is expected to provide an update on the remaining Cajon Valley students, but has already made a commitment to do anything he can to get them home safely.

Evacuees Boarding Plane In Kabul

In this Aug. 24, 2021, file photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, families walk towards their flight during ongoing evacuations at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. More than 30 California children are stuck in Afghanistan after traveling to the country to see their relatives weeks before the Taliban seized power and US forces left, according to school districts where the kids are enrolled. (Sgt. Samuel Ruiz/U.S. Marine Corps via AP, File)

 

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