A coalition of more than 60 progressive advocacy organizations, led by Afghans For a Better Tomorrow, on Thursday released a\u0026nbsp;letter detailing what the Biden administration can do \u0022to save Afghan lives and prevent further harm to the Afghan people.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Given the\u0026nbsp;two decades of U.S. involvement in this devastating conflict, the United States\u0026#039; moral obligations do not end with its exit from the military theater in Afghanistan.\u0022\r\n—Coalition letter\r\n\r\nThe White House\u0026nbsp;has faced criticism for not doing enough to assist people attempting to flee Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban\u0026#039;s reconquest of the war-torn country.\r\n\r\n\u0022Afghanistan is entering a humanitarian crisis it has not seen in decades in the wake of the exit by U.S. military forces,\u0022 the coalition wrote. \u0022The Taliban have nearly taken over the entirety of the country and President Ghani has fled. The U.S. has evacuated its embassy and is currently attempting to secure Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Hundreds of thousands of people have been internally displaced.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe letter—endorsed by dozens of pro-peace groups, including CodePink, Institute for Policy Studies, MPower Change, and Veterans for Peace—continues: \u0022There are reports of the Taliban executing women in extrajudicial killings as well as imposing restrictions on women and journalists. Cash liquidity at banks is becoming an issue as droves of Afghans are withdrawing cash.\u0022\r\n\r\nU.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)—the lone member of Congress to\u0026nbsp;vote against\u0026nbsp;the\u0026nbsp;2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that was used to justify the\u0026nbsp;U.S.-led war in\u0026nbsp;Afghanistan, which\u0026nbsp;caused\u0026nbsp;more than 241,000 deaths, displaced over 5.3 million Afghans, and cost\u0026nbsp;U.S. taxpayers at least $2.26 trillion—reiterated earlier this week that there \u0022will never be\u0026nbsp;a U.S. military solution in Afghanistan.\u0022 \u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAnti-war groups\u0026nbsp;have argued this week that the predictable and rapid collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government provides further\u0026nbsp;evidence that diplomacy, not endless war\u0026nbsp;promoted by profiteering defense contractors and other beneficiaries of\u0026nbsp;the military-industrial complex, is the only way to achieve\u0026nbsp;lasting peace.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nBiden has received praise from progressives for engaging in diplomacy with the emerging Taliban government and for not reneging on his commitment to remove the U.S. military from Afghanistan following the failures of the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations to do so—though Biden\u0026nbsp;said\u0026nbsp;on Wednesday that some troops will remain in the Central Asian\u0026nbsp;nation until all U.S. citizens are evacuated, even if that means staying past the August 31 withdrawal deadline.\r\n\r\nThe coalition on Thursday argued that the Biden administration must do more to protect the well-being\u0026nbsp;of \u0022Afghans at risk from Taliban repression [who] are attempting to leave the country in desperation.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe letter echoed\u0026nbsp;recent\u0026nbsp;demands\u0026nbsp;made by progressive lawmakers and human rights advocates, who say the least the U.S. could do after its 2001 invasion and 20 years of\u0026nbsp;lie-filled\u0026nbsp;occupation is welcome as many Afghan refugees as possible.\r\n\r\n\u0022The Biden administration should announce a bold open-door Afghan refugee policy, welcoming any Afghan seeking refuge and safe haven.\u0022\r\n—Coalition letter\r\n\r\n\u0022Given the\u0026nbsp;two decades of U.S. involvement in this devastating conflict,\u0022 the coalition wrote, \u0022the United States\u0026#039; moral obligations do not end with its exit from the military theater in Afghanistan. After pursuing 20 years of failed policies that have done incredible harm to Afghans, the United States and its NATO allies have a responsibility to accept every Afghan seeking refuge.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe letter states that \u0022the United States\u0026#039;\u0026nbsp;first and foremost priority should be the protection and safety of the airport in Kabul, allowing it to remain operational and working so military and commercial flights can operate so at-risk, vulnerable Afghans can escape the cruelty of the Taliban\u0026#039;s rule.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Secondly,\u0022 the groups wrote, \u0022the Biden administration should announce a bold open-door Afghan refugee policy, welcoming any Afghan seeking refuge and safe haven. It should also push for neighboring countries to take in any Afghans that seek to transit there as well as push for the international community to drop its visa requirements on Afghan nationals, something that is currently restricting freedom of movement.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Due to the gravity of the security situation in Afghanistan, the United States and its NATO allies should charter flights for all vulnerable groups who seek asylum and refuge in the United States or beyond,\u0022 the coalition added. \u0022If they do not reach safety, many of these Afghans will be lashed, repressed, or killed.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe letter continues:\r\n\r\n\r\nTo further facilitate the urgent need to provide a safe haven to Afghans in danger, the Biden administration should increase refugee quotas for Afghanistan, as well as expedite processing for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and Priority 1, 2, and 3 (P1, P2, and P3) applicants. Further, any Afghan currently in the United States must immediately be given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to avert any threat of deportation to a crisis.\r\n\r\nTo effectively evacuate Afghans who are at risk, it is also vital to increase the capacity of NGOs operating in Afghanistan that make referrals for the P2 program. The United States should also broaden the scope of the P2 program to include vulnerable Afghans—especially women and girls, human rights defenders and activists, anti-corruption actors from civil society, the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities, and ethnic and religious minorities—who have not yet been direct recipients of aid or protection. For many Afghans who don\u0026#039;t qualify for these programs, humanitarian parole and family reunification applications should be expedited and prioritized for processing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Finally,\u0022 the coalition said, \u0022the United States must provide a generous emergency humanitarian aid package that can meet the basic needs of millions of Afghans who will rely on the U.S. and the international community to ensure they do not starve.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe letter assembled by Afghans For a Better Tomorrow\u0026nbsp;came one day before Biden gave his second address this week concerning the chaotic evacuation process, which has been heavily scrutinized.\r\n\r\nThousands of veterans\u0026nbsp;as well as a majority of U.S. voters\u0026nbsp;support Biden\u0026#039;s decision to end the war in Afghanistan. Recent criticisms of the fallout coming from\u0026nbsp;the corporate media and political elites are not motivated by a \u0022concern for the plight of Afghans,\u0022 journalist Jack Mirkinson argued earlier this week. \u0022This is about American humiliation, and a fundamental unwillingness to grapple with the truth about what the U.S. and its allies have been doing in Afghanistan since 2001.\u0022\r\n\r\nOn Friday afternoon, Biden claimed that the U.S. is making \u0022significant progress\u0022 on the evacuation front, and that flights from Kabul have resumed following\u0026nbsp;a \u0022pause.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The administration must secure the airport and evacuate the most vulnerable Afghans, get more people on every plane, do it faster, and spend however much time it takes.\u0022\r\n—Paul O\u0026#039;Brien, Amnesty\r\n\r\n\u0022Any American\u0026nbsp;who wants to come home, we will get you home,\u0022 said Biden. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, meanwhile,\u0026nbsp;reportedly told House lawmakers less than an hour later that the Taliban have harassed and beaten some U.S. citizens in Kabul.\r\n\r\nThe president added that \u0022we\u0026#039;re going to do everything, everything that we can, to provide safe evacuation for our Afghan allies, partners, and Afghans who might be targeted because of their association with the United States. The United States stands by the commitment it made to these people.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn response to Biden\u0026#039;s speech on Friday, Paul O\u0026#039;Brien, executive director of Amnesty International USA, issued a statement condemning Biden for failing to adequately reassure Afghans susceptible to\u0026nbsp;retaliation from the Taliban.\r\n\r\n\u0022Vulnerable Afghans at risk were looking for reassurance from President Biden. They didn\u0026#039;t get it,\u0022 said O\u0026#039;Brien. \u0022They want to know that they\u0026#039;ll be processed for departure regardless of their eligibility for narrow and complicated visa programs. They want to know that they\u0026#039;ll be able to reach the airport in safety. They want to know that the U.S. will keep running evacuations until they and their family have had a chance to flee from harm\u0026#039;s way.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022President Biden could have used his speech to reassure them, but he didn\u0026#039;t,\u0022 O\u0026#039;Brien added. \u0022Amnesty International USA is going to keep pressing the White House until we get the right answer. The administration must secure the airport and evacuate the most vulnerable Afghans, get more people on every plane, do it faster, and spend however much time it takes.\u0022\r\n\r\nForeign Policy for America also released a statement calling on U.S. officials \u0022to do more\u0026nbsp;to save lives that\u0026nbsp;today hang in the balance.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe organization urged the Biden administration to make \u0022a\u0026nbsp;bold commitment to\u0026nbsp;resettle\u0026nbsp;in the U.S.\u0026nbsp;not only Afghans who worked closely with the\u0026nbsp;U.S. government and its implementing partners,\u0026nbsp;but\u0026nbsp;at least 200,000\u0026nbsp;Afghans at risk of violence or persecution.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We also call on the United States to\u0026nbsp;work with our G7 partners\u0026nbsp;to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Afghans, particularly women and girls, through the\u0026nbsp;United Nations and trusted partner\u0026nbsp;NGOs,\u0026nbsp;and\u0026nbsp;to\u0026nbsp;use our diplomatic presence in the region to\u0026nbsp;support displaced\u0026nbsp;populations and host communities,\u0022 the group added.\r\n\r\nAccording to a recent analysis by\u0026nbsp;Lindsay Koshgarian of the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies,\u0026nbsp;the U.S. could cover initial resettlement costs for 1.2 million refugees with the $18.6 billion the Pentagon budgeted for the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan in 2020 alone.