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Thousands of Afghans and Iraqis, under threat for helping Americans, hope Biden will help them resettle in the US

Thousands of Afghans and Iraqis, under threat for helping Americans, hope Biden will help them resettle in the US
The backlog includes about 17,000 Afghan translators and others who helped U.S. forces or diplomats and who are seeking special visas to resettle in the United States.

military in Iraq and Afghanistan as fixers and translators to immigrate to the United States.forces in Afghanistan, has a message for the incoming American president after waiting some four years for the outgoing one to help him resettle in the United States.forces or diplomats and who are seeking special visas to resettle in the United States."Even people who applied at the end of Obama's time are still waiting, or their visa was denied for no reason during the Trump administration," said Janis Shinwari, a former Afghan interpreter who came to the United States under the special visa program seven years ago.

"I don't have direct evidence of that, but just listen to what they say," said Moulton, who helped one of his translators come to the United States.But amid massive cuts in the numbers of refugees admitted to the United States overall, the Trump administration worked with Congress to expand the number of visa slots theoretically available to interpreters and others who worked on behalf of U.

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