The United States evacuation from Afghanistan has the makings of a human and political disaster—and it didn’t have to end this way, says Khushal Safi, who heads the international safety office at Northeastern. “You have a more savvy Taliban. It's the Taliban that were in Doha negotiating with Americans, the Taliban that sent envoys to neighboring countries to say, ‘Look, this is what we want to do,’” he says.
Last week, the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery program suffered a computer glitch that resulted in the issuance and then subsequent cancellation of 22,000 visas. Here, Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, an expert in immigration law and policy at Northeastern University School of Law, weighs in on the recent visa snafu and related immigration issues.