More than two dozen students who attend San Juan Unified School District near Sacramento remain in Afghanistan days after the last military planes left the country, ending America’s longest war.
The 27 students, from 19 different families, are of all age levels, from elementary school to high school and were in Afghanistan for personal reasons, most visiting relatives over the summer break, district spokesperson Raj Rai tells CNN.
“San Juan Unified stands with our Afghan community and all those whose loved ones are currently in Afghanistan. We sincerely hope for their speedy and safe return back to the US and back to our school communities,” said Rai.
The district is working closely with state officials to provide them information as it is received from the families and has been contacted by multiple congressional offices to coordinate information and offer help.
“A significant portion of our San Juan Unified community, including students, families and staff members, have family ties and connections to Afghanistan. I want to let those that are personally being affected by these events know that we are here to support them in any way that we can,” Superintendent Kent Kern said in a letter to the community.
San Juan Unified School District serves about 40,000 preschool through high school students.
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Top Senate Republican says “there isn’t going to be an impeachment” of Biden over Afghanistan withdrawal
From CNN’s Alex Rogers and Ali Zaslav
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell listens to a question during a news conference following a policy luncheon at the Capitol Building on August 3, in Washington.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell listens to a question during a news conference following a policy luncheon at the Capitol Building on August 3, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday “there isn’t going to be an impeachment” of President Joe Biden over the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, noting that Democrats control the House and Senate.
“I think the way these behaviors get adjusted in this country is at the ballot box,” said McConnell at an event in Pikeville, Kentucky. “The President is not going to be removed from office with a Democratic House and a narrowly Democratic Senate. That’s not going to happen.”
McConnell’s remarks came nearly a week after a suicide bombing attack outside Kabul’s airport killed 13 US service members and over 170 civilians. The organization that claimed responsibility for the deadly explosion is known as Islamic State Khorasan or ISIS-K.
Some Republicans, including Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have since said that the President should resign or face impeachment.
On Tuesday, McConnell reiterated his strong criticism of the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, arguing it has created a “humanitarian disaster” and “emboldened” terrorists.
“This was a disgraceful and disastrous departure that will allow the Taliban and Al Qaeda to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by having complete control of Afghanistan,” McConnell said, reading from a prepared statement, at a local event in Ashland, Kentucky. He added: “We are less safe as a result of this self-inflicted wound.”