First Group Of Evacuated Afghan Interpreters Arrives In U.S.

First Group Of Evacuated Afghan Interpreters Arrives In U.S.

The first group of 2,500 interpreters and their families evacuated from Afghanistan has landed just outside Washington DC.

Andrew H. Sweet

The Army will house the 2,500 Afghans at Fort Lee while they finish the vetting process, medical screening, and other requirements for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV).

Since 2008, approximately 70,000 Afghans who have received SIVs have been resettled in the country, according to U.S. officials.

Last week, a senior state department official said that the total number of SIV applicants stands just over 20,000. About half have yet to complete the first steps of the process.

A former U.S. Army battalion commander who deployed to Afghanistan said that traveling across Taliban-controlled areas with the documentation needed for SIVs puts the translators in "mortal danger."

The not-for-profit No One Left Behind estimates that at least 300 Afghan allies or family members have been killed.

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