Last night on HBO's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver rightfully excoriated the Special Immigrant Visa programs for Iraq and Afghanistan (the programs that are supposed to bring translators who served the US military at war to America):
I only wish the show had gone on to tell folks what happens to most once they arrive:
Last fall you helped me get Janis, the translator who saved my life, to the US. We subsequently started No One Left Behind to help properly resettle these translators as veterans and heroes.
Too often, we learn of translators who arrive in the US only to be instantly indebted, abandoned into poverty, evicted, and forced to flee back to a Afghanistan only to be hunted down by the Taliban.
Just last night as I watched the show, I received a message from an Afghan translator now living in a slum in Maryland. He faces eviction in mere days unless we can raise him the necessary funds. He's not alone. In the last week, I've learned of at least two families who arrived with nothing and haven't received any real aid or assistance since arriving in the US months ago. Sadly, these stories are the status quo.
We feel these translators have earned better than the government's current system (or severe lack thereof). We provide all of our beneficiaries with three months of rent, fully furnished homes, job placement, and cars. We are prepared to help, but we can only do it with your assistance. Will you help us help them?
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