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Archive for February 10th, 2014

Afghan SIV applicants say US government dragging its feet on visas

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 10, 2014

Special Immigrant Visa program was Sen. Ted Kennedy’s dark-of-night addition to Defense Authorization bill. Kennedy was also the power behind the Refugee Act of 1980.

The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) is a program passed by Congress in the the dark of night in 2007 spearheaded by Senator Ted Kennedy, here is a document explaining how those who supposedly helped the US in the Iraq war, and their families, can get into the US where they will reap all the benefits refugees receive (welfare etc.).  Here is a description of the Afghan SIV program.

You might want to see our previous post about one Afghan interpreter and his family arrested in New York.

From the Seattle Times (hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’):

Thousands of Afghans who have served as U.S. military interpreters and who now fear for their lives are waiting in limbo to hear about their applications to move to the U.S. Though Congress authorized 8,750 visas for Afghan interpreters, only 1,982 had been issued through Dec. 10.

Stars of the Seattle Times story say they have already proven their loyalty to America and now want the US to “return the favor.”

For Nazari, who has worked for the U.S. military since 2006, years of waiting have left him confused and demoralized — and at risk of retaliation from insurgents who he says know what he does.

“We’re living in the 21st century,” Nazari said, speaking flawless English while sipping tea at a Kabul guesthouse. “If the State Department wants to find out if I’m a bad guy or a terrorist, just check their computer databases. It should take five minutes, not five years.”

Sardar Khan, 26, who has translated for the U.S. military since 2007, said he has waited nearly two years for a decision on his SIV application. He jokes that he and other applicants have “SIV syndrome” from constantly checking a State Department website for updates on their cases.

“We have already proved our honesty and loyalty to the United States,” Khan said. “All we ask now is for the United States to return the favor.”

Convicted Iraqi refugee terrorists got through old screening system and yet Obama now makes it even easier to get through!

US State Department says they are speeding things up, but are apparently still haunted by those Iraqi refugee terrorists convicted in Kentucky.

Jarrett Blanc, deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said the State Department improved its processing times last year and has issued more Afghan interpreter visas during the latest fiscal year than in any previous year, a tenfold increase over 2012. In the last three months of the fiscal year that ended Oct. 1, he said, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued more interpreter visas than in the previous four years.

The department has also begun an appeals process for interpreters turned down at the embassy level, sped up the visa process for approved applicants and is doing more to spread word about the SIV program.

“We are committed to helping those who — at great personal risk — have helped us,” Blanc said.

Officials are concerned that Afghans with ties to insurgents or terrorists will slip through the vetting process. The 2011 arrests of two Iraqi refugees in Kentucky on terrorism charges slowed the visa process, though neither had been an interpreter.  [Of course, now we can expect the vetting process to be relaxed!—ed]

The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project calls the SIV process “prohibitively complicated, bureaucratic and opaque.” The group, which also assists Afghans, says more than 5,000 Afghan applicants are backlogged. It says only 6,675 of the 25,000 visas authorized for Iraqi interpreters have been issued.

In December, Congress extended the Iraq SIV program through Sept. 30, but failed to extend the Afghan program, which expires Sept. 30.

To readers:  The next time you hear someone say I oppose illegal immigration, but legal immigration is a good thing, know that they don’t know what they are talking about!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition | Tagged: , , , , | 3 Comments »

NY: Afghan translator, family, arrested for welfare fraud, request interpreter!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 10, 2014


Amirjan Hayatullah, Lailuma Meherdil, and Neshat Hayatullah
Photo: Albany County Sheriff’s Department

Here, first, is the simple, straightforward version of the story from WNYT Albany, NY.

Keep in mind that we have a special refugee program for translators (and others) from Afghanistan who supposedly helped the US called the Special Immigrant Visa.  We don’t know if this is how the family of alleged welfare cheats got into the US, but we do learn that Amirjan Hayatullah is still working for the US ARMY!

WNYT Channel 13:

 COHOES – Three people are arrested, accused of defrauding the Department of Social Services of $10,000. Even though police knew who they were looking for, tracking down the whereabouts of one of the suspects took a little extra work.

Lailuma Meherdil, 44, was arrested at her Cohoes home. Her husband, Amirjan Hayatullah, 47, was working in Louisiana employed by the United States Government as a translator on an army base, where police say he earned $150,000 a year.

The following week, police learned Hayatullah had returned home, but say they learned he threatened to kill his wife if she revealed his whereabouts.

Police found Hayatullah by secretly following the couple’s son, Neshat Hayatullah, to a hiding location in a wooded area on Manor Avenue.

The three suspects now face several charges.

Then get this! The interpreter wants a taxpayer-funded interpreter!

(I hope you “welcoming” local communities are budgeting the tens of thousands of dollars, just for translation services, one legal case like this one could cost your city or county!).

Our indispensable researcher ‘pungentpeppers’ learned that the Afghan interpreter for the US ARMY, is now requesting an interpreter for his dealings with our legal system!

From New York Citizen One:

 Amirjan Hayatullah was processed and transported to the Albany County Correctional Facility where he was held pending his arraignment in Albany County Court this morning. His arraignment before the Honorable Supreme Court Judge Thomas Breslin unfortunately had to be postponed when  Mr. Hayatullah requested an Afghanistan interpreter. His arraignment was rescheduled for today and he was arraigned on Grand Larceny Third Degree, and four counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. At this time bail has not been set.

Next!  Wailing and moaning!  US dragging its feet granting visas to Afghan interpreters!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , , | 14 Comments »

 
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