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Senate Battle Looms Over Special Afghan Visas

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A debate over special immigrant visas for Afghans who aided the U.S. Army in the Afghanistan War is pitting veterans and refugee groups against those critical of bringing more foreigners to America, The Hill reports.

The argument is coming to a head as the Senate will soon discuss its version of the defense bill from which the program is funded.

The crux of the controversy is that there are some 6,000 more applicants for the special visas than slots available for the Afghans.

Supporters say the U.S. has a moral obligation to fulfill promises to those who helped in the war. Adding to the urgency is claims that the longer they stay in Afghanistan, the more danger the Afghans face from Taliban extremists who want to punish them for siding with the West.

The Washington Free Beacon
reports Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has come out squarely for allowing more Afghans in under the special visas.

In a letter, Gen. Nicholson wrote the "failure to adequately demonstrate a shared understanding of their sacrifices and honor our commitment to any Afghan who supports [us] could have grave consequences for these individuals and bolster the propaganda of our enemies," as well as make it difficult to convince others to give their vital assistance to the U.S. army.

But opponents say that for many of the applicants there is no proof they helped the army and are only trying to hitch a ride to get a free pass to more lucrative opportunities in the U.S. at the expense of American citizens

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A debate over special immigrant visas for Afghans who aided the U.S. Army in the Afghanistan War is pitting veterans and refugee groups against those critical of bringing more foreigners to America, The Hill reports.
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