Dozens of California students, parents stranded in Afghanistan after summer trip abroad

According to a new report from The Hill “Dozens of California students and parents are stranded in Afghanistan after taking a summer trip to the country.”

Per the report:

More than 20 students and 16 parents from the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, Calif., visited Afghanistan on summer vacation. Now they are among thousands of people who are waiting to leave the country amid the chaotic U.S. withdrawal that has caused political unrest across the nation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cajon Valley Superintendent David Miyashiro alerted school board members on Tuesday that he would be meeting with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to discuss the situation, the Times noted.

Miyashiro told the news outlet that the families traveled to Afghanistan on special visas for U.S. military service and that the school district was able to provide government officials with information on the families as they work to locate them.

The stranded students reportedly attend different schools within the school district.

During a contentious exchange with Peter Doocey Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not.”

Doocey then responded “‘There are no Americans stranded’ is the White House’s official position on what’s happening in Afghanistan right now?”