No One Left Behind Applauds Approval of 4,000 Special Immigrant Visas.
On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives demonstrated that America is committed to keeping our promise to our Afghan wartime allies with the extension of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.
With the passing of the funding bill, 4,000 additional SIVs will be provided for Afghan allies that fought shoulder to shoulder with our American troops. Their lives and those of their immediate family are now in danger due to their service. Thanks to the actions that were taken today by our government, they will be able to find safety and a new beginning with their families in America.
No One Left Behind is proud of the advocacy efforts of our staff, supporters, volunteers, partner organizations like International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI), and the advocacy of the 9/11 Commission.
“As former chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, we encourage the Congress to do everything in its power to keep the nation’s promise to Afghan and Iraqi combat translators and to ensure these intrepid partners can achieve the American Dream. Special Immigrant Visas recipients from Afghanistan and Iraq loyally protected our men and women in uniform. Many directly saved American lives. Their future success will help to prevent the continued growth of Islamist terrorism – the third goal identified by the 9/11 Commission. A great nation keeps its promises.” – Former Governor Thomas H. Kean and former Representative Lee H. Hamilton served as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the 9/11 Commission. They now serve as the chairs of the congressionally mandated Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, hosted by the United States Institute of Peace.
With thousands of wartime allies still living abroad in danger, there is more work to be done, but NOLB will continue to fight for the safety of our wartime allies until no one is left behind.