‘It just sends such an important signal that if you stand with us and you stand against extremism then we will be for you’
President Biden on Friday issued an executive order to review the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Afghan and Iraqi fighter translators, which helped the US military, with tens of thousands of backlog requests.
A White House release said the order would allow the US to review practices to ensure that the US was honoring its commitment to supporting allies in war-torn countries, expanding the program and those vulnerable to persecution May increase access to programs for women, children, and those who are discriminated against for gender or sexual orientation.
Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., A combat veteran who did the song work with SIV requests, said he welcomed the new order.
“It just sends such an important signal that if you stand with us and you stand against extremism then we will be there for you. We will honor that commitment,” he told Granthshala News.
“I am, as many conservatives are, in favor of merit-based immigration, and I cannot think of any more meritorious than those who have stood and fought with us instead of the random lottery system,” continued Waltz Kept.
Waltz said he hopes to introduce a bill to expand the program to Kurdish interpreters.
Waltz said both Obama and the Trump administration had difficulties accelerating the long and arduous process, but the new order would require all departments – the state, Homeland Security and Defense – to report back to the White House To do how they were going. Increase efficiency
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“These people are coming from countries where you can’t just look at their credit checks or their background checks,” he said, adding that people who travel to the embassy to be interviewed for visas will receive all their Documentation and risk must be killed. If they were stopped by the Taliban on the way.
“I had an interpreter we worked with who happened to be with him. While he was caught with his documents on the waiting list, they went to his house with him, fed him drugs from his house and gave him And killed many of his people. ” Cousin, ”said Waltz.
About 17,000 Afghan translators or others who helped the US abroad are currently seeking special visas to stay in the US, fearing retaliation from the Taliban and other terrorist groups. With immediate family members, whoever comes, the number increases to about 70,000 Afghans. The washington post. The number of Iraqis is estimated to be up to 100,000. No left behind, A nonprofit dedicated to helping translators, confirmed those numbers to Granthshala News.
The average wait time for a translator to make it through a 14-step program to obtain a visa is three years, and in December, more than 1,000 Afghan and Iraqi interpreters signed a petition with Biden to simplify the process. Done.
Khalikdad h. “I am very afraid that I will not go to any work. Whenever I am going to my place of work, I feel that today is my last day,” he wrote in Afghanistan. “Please help me get out of this place. Please help me.”
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In Iraq, Abdullah A. wrote, “I was suffering greatly because of being an interpreter with the US Army (and my family).”
No On Left Behind said that on Friday it had identified at least 300 translators and family members who had been killed for working with the US.
The group said it now expects 4,000 new SIV families to settle in the US in 2021.
“We are humble and incredibly grateful for the bold action of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Non Profit said in a news release. “It will save the lives of thousands of our partners and have a profound impact on American national security.”
Of the 30,000 SIV families living in the US, most were driving Uber and Lyft as their primary sources of income, one that could result in an outcrop from below them as a result of the epidemic. No leftist is working to help these families.