Afghan Interpreters Who Helped the US Army Arrive in the US

July 30, 2021

Afghan Interpreters Who Helped the US Army Arrive in the US

Ever since Joe Biden removed American troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban has been hunting down locals who served as U.S. allies. The first group of Afghan interpreters who helped American soldiers touched down in the United States on Friday.

There are thousands more waiting in Afghanistan to flee to the United States. Their lives are on the line, but Joe Biden has promised that they will make it here safely to their new home.

Details of the Operation

The United States would not have been successful in the wars throughout the Middle East without local help. The Biden administration knew that there would be an issue once American soldiers retreat.

The first group of Afghan applicants for the special immigrant visa were flown into Fort Lee, Virginia, on Friday. The flight held 200 people that were part of a priority group because they were at the highest risk in the country.

After the first flight of Afghan interpreters touched down in Virginia, Biden spoke about the success of the operation. There are 700 applicants that the United States is prioritizing in bringing to the country. With their family members, this number is approximately 2500.

He said, “Today is an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan.”

The Afghan interpreters who arrived on Friday will complete the remainder of their citizenship paperwork app Fort Lee. There was a consensus amongst the entire government. Believe it or not, on both sides of the political spectrum. They concluded that the United States had an obligation to help the people that contributed to our military.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin followed Biden by discussing the service that would be available to the Afghans in Fort Lee. He told the press that 300 full-time military members are at the base to serve the group in many ways.

He said, “We have spoken many times about the moral obligation we have to help those who have helped us, and we are fully committed to working closely with our interagency partners to meet that obligation.”

Other Afghan Interpreters at Risk

The Afghans interpreters who arrived on Friday are safe. However, many people are remaining in Afghanistan who should be afraid of the Taliban. Without an American military presence, there are a lot of risks for Afghans that helped the military in past years.

The Taliban has publicly shown their bloody executions of citizens who helped Americans. 20,000 people are eligible to come to the United States through this program. However, only half have begun the process. This is according to the Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Between the problems at the border, the Department of Homeland security and immigration officers are very busy. The Biden administration plans to move U.S. military bases to other ally countries to speed up the process or the Afghans.

Americans left the Bagram Air Base in July, so tension is starting to heat up on Afghanistan as expected.

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