Visas for Translators: Even Kafka Wouldn't Put His Name on This

HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver tackled an issue that has
gotten little attention from the mainstream media, helping to save the
Iraqis and Afghans that helped the United States in the wars it started
in their countries. The audience may have laughed but much of this is
heartbreaking and anger inducing, anger at the United States for being
so inhumane and heartless.

 

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Translators (HBO)

 

Translators who have aided the U.S. Military in
Afghanistan and Iraq are in great danger in their home countries, but
red tape is making it impossible for many of them to leave. John Oliver
interviews Mohammad, one translator who made it out.

For more info on efforts to assist U.S.-affiliated refugees in Iraq and Afghanistan see http://thelistproject.org/, and http://refugeerights.org/.

"To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind,"

For the American public, the war in Iraq is over, receding quickly from our memory.

But for tens of thousands of Iraqis who have risked their lives in
the service of America, it continues at a perilous clip.  They continue
to receive death threats from militants who view them as traitors.  Some
have been assassinated since our withdrawal.

Sadly, the current policy of the United States towards these is
simple: submit your application and wait.  If you can survive for two
years (the current amount of time an Iraqi must wait for their first
interview to be scheduled), we might consider resettling you.

Even worse, the Afghans who stood beside us for the past decade
are now coming up against the unmoving bureaucracy of the U.S.
Government, which is only processing a small number of cases each month.

The List Project has helped nearly 2,00 U.S.-affiliated Iraqis
make it to safety over the years, but our work continues. We continue to
rely on small donors for operational support: please consider a small donation if you're able.

On September 3, 2013, Scribner published "To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind,"
Kirk W. Johnson's memoir about the List Project's seven-year long
struggle to protect thousands of Iraqis on the list.  The book centers
around the lives of four Iraqis who stepped forward to help the United
States, following them as they flee from Iraq and come up against the
labyrinthine bureaucracy of the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

An execuive order could ease the process. We need to take care of the
people who put their lives at risk to help the US, that includes their
families.

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