The desperate messages started flooding Joshua Goldstein’s inbox at 4 a.m. early Sunday morning.
Goldstein, an immigration lawyer based in Los Angeles who handles visa delay cases, earned a reputation in the Afghan American community over the years as an attorney who could get things done and prod the sluggish immigration bureaucracy into action. Now, with the Taliban in control of Kabul and escape from the country in doubt, they looked to him for help.
“I went to the airport,” one client texted Goldstein. “Afghan troops wouldn’t let us in. US soldiers came storming out of the airport saying people were shot dead and they won’t let them get on a plane. People of all nationalities, European citizens also—people are trampling on others and so afraid. The Taliban are ruthless, brutal animals.”