CALIFORNIA—U.S. Army Veteran and Rep. Darrell Issa of California initiated an effort to rescue three California families from Afghanistan. In an August 27 press release, Congressman Issa indicated the families, plus an additional three, were rescued due to his efforts.

The first four families evacuated from Afghanistan had 7 adults and 16 children. Six families were rescued in total.  At least 20 of the children rescued “are enrolled in school within the Cajon Valley Union School District.”

“Amidst the heartbreak of yesterday and the chaos that has gripped Afghanistan for weeks, we continue to make extraordinary progress in bringing our people home. It is an honor to help rescue and reunite families and loved ones, but we still have more work to do,”  Issa stated.

“This has been an around-the-clock operation, and individuals inside of government and outside of it deserve our deepest thanks. But more members of our community still need our help. The mission is to bring our people home, and we will continue to do it,”  Issa added.

He criticized President Joe Biden early on for withdrawing troops, and leaving people behind. 


Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District whcih encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line.

He served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.

Issa is not the only one who took the initiative to get families out of Afghanistan.  Author and conservative talk show host, Glenn Beck, reportedly rescued approximately 5,100 U.S. citizens from Afghanistan.

New York’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik, accused the Biden administration of preventing U.S. citizens from being rescued.