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Obama admin seeks 3,000 special immigrant visas for Afghans

Obama admin seeks 3,000 special immigrant visas for Afghans

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May 18, 2016 - 15:29

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Obama administration has urged Congress to approve an additional 3,000 special immigrant visas for Afghan citizens, a call thus far rejected by the Republican-controlled house.

“It’s an additional 3, 000 (visas),” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters when asked about the number of Special Immigrant Visas requested by the US government.

He underscoredthe importance the State Department and US government attaché to continued look after those, who carefully and skillfully looked after American soldiers and diplomatic corps.

“We know we have an obligation to them, and that’s why we’re going to continue to work with Congress to see if we can’t get more opportunities for them to avail themselves of this program,” he said.

The State Department has expressed its disappointment over decision of a Congressional committee on rejectingthe proposal.

In an op-ed in The Washington Postm former US ambassador Ryan Crocker opposed efforts to limit the number of special immigrant visas for Afghan citizens.

“We have seen the ambassador’s opinion piece, and we note that he urged Congress to approve the additional visa slots that we had asked for, so in that regard, we certainly welcome his support…” Kirby concluded.

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