Afghan Interpreters Could Be Left To Die If Current Defense Bill Passes

This afternoon, The Daily Caller cited IRAP in an article drawing attention to the current mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which risks leaving stranded thousands of deserving Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission during the war. The mark-up severely restricts interpreter eligibility and does not provide for much-needed additional visas, explained Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, to The Daily Caller. There are as many as 10,000 people currently in the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) pipeline, but if the current bill passes, only 4,000 visas would be available.

“It is vital to ensure that our Afghan allies have access to life-saving protection,” said Fisher. “We urge HASC members to ensure that adequate visas are allocated to the SIV program and that Afghans who provided sacrificial service–whether directly to our military or in other capacities–can reach safety.”