Thousands of brave Afghan men and women interpreters risked their lives to help us win the war in Afghanistan. Yet, while the majority of our soldiers are safe from harm back on American soil, nearly 10,000 of our Afghan allies remain overseas and in danger. Some have already paid the ultimate price for aiding our troops and others receive constant threats against them and the lives of their families.
Congress is aware of the grave danger these interpreters are in and so they created the Special Immigrant Visa as a way to give these men a women a new life in the United States. Unfortunately Congress has made them exceedingly hard to get and only about 15% of the number of visas that are currently needed have been allotted. To make matters worse the US Embassy in Kabul has halted SIV interviews altogether since most of the visas allotted are in the process of being awarded.
This is not what thanks looks like. A grateful nation should welcome these men and women with open arms. That is why I am asking you to join me in asking Congress to step up and allot more SIVs for the remaining Afghan interpreters who bravely fought alongside our soldiers. This is not an issue of red or blue, it's one of right and wrong.
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To the men and women of the US Congress;
I am disheartened to hear that the US embassy in Kabul has halted SIV interviews for Afghan interpreters. These people have sacrificed so much to help keep our soldiers safe in times of war and they deserve our thanks and gratitude not our cold shoulder. The lives of these interpreters are in danger and every day we wait and every hurdle we put in their way not only puts their lives more at risk but shows we are not honorable allies. I implore you to allot more SIV visas for the thousands of Afghan interpreters that are still waiting for their chance to immigrate to America and escape the Taliban that wants to do them harm. Their lives are in your hands.
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