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Moulton Condemns Efforts to Leave Afghan Allies Behind, Calls on Congress to Act

March 13th, 2017

Moulton: “The idea that we would turn our backs on these patriots is wrong and un-American.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) released the below statement following the State Department’s announcement that it will no longer interview new Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants due to exhausting the number of available visas. In the coming days, Moulton will introduce a bill to increase the number of available visas.

“One of the things I was most proud of as a Marine infantry officer was that we never let our enemies make us compromise our values, and one of those values is a solemn commitment to our allies and to our brothers in arms.

“Our Iraqi and Afghan allies put their lives on the line not just for their country, but for ours, and they receive death threats because of their work with our troops. The idea that we would turn our backs on these patriots is wrong and un-American. The bill I’m introducing will ensure that courageous Afghans aren’t left to certain death by continuing the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program. Given that both our values and our national security are at stake, I trust that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support this vital legislation.”

To learn more about Congressman Seth Moulton visit https://moulton.house.gov or connect with him on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Medium.

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