As Visas for Afghan Allies Run Out, Time for Congress to Act

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today expressed alarm over news that the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan has ceased scheduling interviews for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. The program, which provides visas to Afghans who worked as translators or interpreters, or were employed by, or on behalf of, the U.S. government in Afghanistan, is a vital pipeline to safety for individuals who are threatened because of their work in support of the U.S. mission.

“This betrayal of the brave men and women who stood by the side of U.S. armed forces in the face of great personal risk,” said Human Rights First’s Scott Cooper, founder of Veterans for American Ideals. “We need to act now to ensure America keeps its promise to those allies.”

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Source: Human Rights First – News

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