A maddening bit of bureaucracy has erased the names of thousands of Afghan refugees arriving in the United States, making it harder for them to launch their new lives. Special Immigrant Visas granting them U.S. entry, such as this one belonging to Faisal Razmal, listed their first names as last names. Their last names were replaced with an acronym “FNU” – standing for “first name unknown.”
A maddening bit of bureaucracy has erased the names of thousands of Afghan refugees arriving in the United States, making it harder for them to launch their new lives. Special Immigrant Visas granting them U.S. entry, such as this one belonging to Faisal Razmal, listed their first names as last names. Their last names were replaced with an acronym “FNU” – standing for “first name unknown.” Renée C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
A maddening bit of bureaucracy has erased the names of thousands of Afghan refugees arriving in the United States, making it harder for them to launch their new lives. Special Immigrant Visas granting them U.S. entry, such as this one belonging to Faisal Razmal, listed their first names as last names. Their last names were replaced with an acronym “FNU” – standing for “first name unknown.” Renée C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com

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