TV News LIES

Monday, Oct 20th

Last update09:50:13 PM GMT

You are here News War Iraqis, Afghans who helped U.S. in wars look to Congress for resettlement

Iraqis, Afghans who helped U.S. in wars look to Congress for resettlement

E-mail Print PDF

Iraqis helped USCongress will consider legislation Friday that could ease the way for thousands of Iraqis and Afghans to resettle in the United States to escape the dangers that come with their work for the U.S. military, news outlets and nonprofit groups.

The current version of the government’s “special immigrant visa” program expires next fall, and refugee advocates are pushing hard not only for an extension but also for sweeping changes to a process that’s been widely criticized as too slow, too narrow in eligibility and unreasonably complicated.

Since 2008, Congress has authorized 25,000 special immigrant visas for Iraqis who worked with the U.S. military, news media or nonprofits, but the State Department has issued fewer than 5,000, according to government figures.

Eligibility is even narrower for Afghans – only those who work for the military qualify, leaving media personnel and civil society workers out of luck even though they face the same insurgent threats. From 2008 to 2012, 1,051 visas were issued to Afghans – just 12 percent of the 8,500 that were available, according to the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, a nonprofit organization that offers free legal services to refugee and special immigrant visa applicants.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


U.S. Air-Drops Arms to Kurds in Kobani

US air drops to KurdsdTurkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the...

Turkey denies new deal reached to open airbases to US in fight against Isis

Turkey denies bases agreement with USTurkey has not reached a new agreement to let the US use its Incirlik airbase in...

Rights group: Airstrikes on IS oil facilities killed civilians

Air strikes kill civiliansAt least 10 civilians were killed when U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets struck an oil...

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker

Paul Bremer in IraqMore than $1bn earmarked for the reconstruction of Iraq was stolen and spirited to a bunker...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!