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Help Us Fulfill Our Promise to Afghan and Iraqi Interpreters
The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program for Afghan and Iraqi interpreters and translators who have aided U.S. operations overseas is in danger of discontinuation. The program, which includes both the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act of 2008 and the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, provides clear guidelines for the United States to issue visas to Afghans and Iraqis whose aid to the U.S. has placed their and their families’ lives and well-being at risk. The guidelines require two years of service to U.S. operations and a rigorous screening process for applicants. There is currently a backlog of more than 10,000 visa applications for Afghan interpreters, which the remaining allotment of 4,000 visas from the 2016 allocation cannot accommodate. ...
- Last year, Congress passed a bipartisan education bill that replaced the failed policies of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), returns a great deal of control to states and school districts, and it eliminates federally-mandated one-size-fits-all interventions for struggling schools. Unlike NCLB, the ESSA empowers school districts to identify and respond to the unique needs of their students and communities.