“Advocacy group, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project or IRAP says thousands of men and women have been waiting, many with documents stuck somewhere in the visa pipeline. Katie Reisner is the National Public Policy director for IRAP. She says there are many servicemembers who want the visa program extended because these translators helped them when they were overseas.
“Many of these individuals who we’ve had contact with are really wracked with guilt after returning home to safety while not being able to bring their interpreters to safety as well.”
That’s how Coon felt when he left Iraq knowing that Abdullatif and his family were still waiting . The two men communicated through email about the status of the many documents needed.”