Tell Congress to extend and expand the Afghan SIV program
Many of us can point to a moment when one of our foreign allies saved our lives. They acted because they believed in America, in our mission, and in our promise to keep them safe. But Congress is breaking that promise.
Since 2006 Congress has enacted legislation under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorizes Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for the translators, engineers, security guards, cultural advisors, and other allies who were vital to our mission in Afghanistan. This year Congress failed to authorize these SIVs in the NDAA. More than 9,800 Afghans currently await visa processing; visas have only been authorized for 3,800. We have abandoned the rest.
Sending the message that the United States doesn’t honor its commitments endangers our military in Afghanistan and around the world. Tell Congress we must keep our word and extend and expand the Afghan SIV program.