US Decides to Shelter Afghan Translators at Virginia Military Base

U.S.A. officials say translators and their families have been granted asylum. All eligible persons will be transferred in next 10 days

MONITORING DESK: The United States has decided that Afghans working as interpreters will be sheltered at a military base in Virginia.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said 2,500 Afghans, including translators and their families, would be granted asylum. U.S.A. officials say translators and their families have been granted asylum. All eligible persons will be transferred in next 10 days.

US President Joe Biden has said he will not leave those who helped the United States in the Afghan war alone.

Biden called for at least 18,000 Afghan citizens and their families to be accepted as immigrants to the United States. Who have been serving in the US military for the past two decades.

The translators are said to be at risk of retaliation from the Taliban following the withdrawal of US troops.

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State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed at a news conference in Washington on Monday (July 19th) that in the first phase, about 2,500 Afghans – translators and their families – will be relocated to the United States for short-term residency.

“Once Afghans complete the final stages of the special immigration process, they will be provided with temporary accommodation,” he added.

Joe Biden said last week that the first group of refugees would be relocated out of Afghanistan by the end of the month, but his government officials did not provide details of the plan.

Several members of the US Congress recently warned Joe Biden that if he failed to remove thousands of Afghan translators in a timely manner, the blood of those killed by the Taliban would be on his hands.

Florida MP Michael Waltz told Joe Biden on Wednesday (June 16th) that if he had not expelled thousands of Afghan translators who had worked for the United States for the past two decades before leaving Afghanistan, they would have lost their lives. They will be tainted.

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Mr. Waltz has previously served in Afghanistan with a US Army commando unit. He says he knows some translators. He called on the Biden administration to immediately consider the immigration visa applications of about 18,000 Afghans.

Following the announcement of the withdrawal of coalition forces, Afghan translators rallied and announced that their lives would be in danger if they and their families were not relocated by September after the withdrawal.

Several Afghan translators have reportedly been killed by the Taliban for helping US troops and their allies. U.S. lawmakers are concerned that these individuals and their families will be targeted more and more.

On the other hand, the Taliban say that if the translators leave the ranks of the enemy and want to live like ordinary people in their own country, they will not be in danger.

The Taliban also warned that translators should “regret their past” and not take any path in the future that could be called “betrayal of Islam and the country.”

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