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The Afghans Who Got Out

They had to be lucky to flee their country. Once in the U.S., they face a wall of bureaucracy and new customs.


Episode Notes

Sharifa Abbasi knows exactly what it’s like to board a plane to a new country. She immigrated from Afghanistan to the U.S. with her family in 1993. Now, she’s helping other Afghans navigate the complicated red tape of American immigration law after the Taliban takeover. For these immigrants, coming to America wasn’t easy – being able to stay here might prove even harder.

Guest: Sharifa Abbasi, immigration lawyer at the HMA Law Firm.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.