Save Afghan Interpreters! America Should Not Leave Their Allies Behind.

Save Afghan Interpreters! America Should Not Leave Their Allies Behind.

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Indra Muhammad started this petition to Joseph R. Biden (President) and

President Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31. Now US forces had completed more than 90 percent of their withdrawal from Afghanistan. It makes Afghan interpreters who helped US troops and their family members face the possibility of being left behind and killed by the Taliban.

For the past year, the Taliban has waged a ruthless campaign against Afghans who have helped US troops. Assassination attempts are on the rise and death threats have become routine. Since 2014, more than 300 Afghan interpreters or their family members have been murdered. Taliban even have vowed to kill all Afghans for working for infidel enemies.

To help Afghan interpreters and others who face retribution from the Taliban for their links to the US, Congress in 2009 set up the Special Immigrant Visa, or SIV, program, to provide US visas to Afghans who had been employed by the US government. But due to bureaucratic delays, an estimated 18,000 Afghans are waiting in a visa backlog, a number that does not include tens of thousands of family members or additional people in the process of submitting applications.

Based on the government's track record, it would take more than four years to process the backlog of SIV applicants, assuming there was sufficient staff at the US Embassy in Kabul to handle the cases. It means most of the Afghan applicants couldn't get visas in time before US troops leave.

America must keep faith with their Afghan partners. It's time that the White House do the right thing and help Afghan interpreters escape the dangerous situation.

Please join me in calling on Biden Administration to help save Afghan interpreters’ life by issuing their visa immediately.

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