Feds drop charges against Afghan soldier trying to claim asylum in Texas
HOUSTON, Texas -- A former Afghan soldier who crossed multiple continents trying to escape the Taliban’s revenge and reconnect with his brother in Houston put a potential criminal record behind him after charges of illegally entering the U.S. were dropped Tuesday. [An Afghan soldier fleeing the Taliban spent months reaching the U.S. to request asylum.
Former Afghan soldier detained after crossing US border typifies asylum system’s faults, advocates say
Abdul Wasi Safi, 27, served as an intelligence officer for the special operations corps of the U.S.-backed Afghan defense forces. He traveled from Brazil to Texas, and his case has drawn pleas from veterans groups and lawmakers asking for his release