An article published today in The Hill points out the shortcomings of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s 2017 defense policy bill, which does not include much-needed additional Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for America’s Afghan allies. There are only 4,000 visas currently available for Afghans, yet more than 10,000 people are stuck in the pipeline.
The omission of additional visas is apparently the result of objections raised by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Hill quoted IRAP’s Policy Director, Betsy Fisher, in the piece: “More than 10,000 Afghan allies who have given sacrificial service to our country are waiting for visas. It is crucial that Congress keep its promise and allocate these desperately needed visas.”
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