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PublishDate: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 09:35

Blinken pledges to speed up US visa process for Afghan translators

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the US is looking at “every option” to help the United States’ Afghan employees – interpreters, drivers, construction workers and other staff – who may become victims of the Taliban once foreign troops have withdrawn.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Testifying before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, pledged to expedite immigration visas for the roughly 18,000 Afghans who worked closely with .

Blinken made the pledge in response to Representative Michael McCaul of , the committee’s top Republican, who said “these people will have a bulls-eye or target on their back from the moment we leave the country” and that if they are abandoned “we are effectively signing their death warrants.”

Blinken said a backlog of immigration applications is being cleared, and he asked Congress to raise a cap on special immigrant visas for Afghans by 8,000 slots.

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