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Displaying Loyalty to the Loyal: US-Supporting Translators Should Receive Rewards
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Displaying Loyalty to the Loyal: US-Supporting Translators Should Receive Rewards

The fact that the Taliban could harm many of America’s Afghan allies does not seem to mean much to her, reports the BBC’s News Magazine. Despite aiding US forces at risk to their own lives, many former Afghan interpreters receive no help from our government. Instead, our government has blacklisted them, and does not allow them to travel to the United States to obtain visas to enter the country, and live free from harm. The fact that the former interpreters could be put through harm, though, does not seem to matter to US officials. US Officials deem them unworthy for travel, even though they have proved themselves time and time again. Yet again, our government has shown that is worthless. Our government should reward those brave interpreters with visas, or better still, citizenship.

Specialist Andrew Heiberger says, foremost, the US government should award citizenship to loyal interpreters because they laid their lives on the line for our soldiers, so that they could better understand their environment. Otherwise, if the interpreters had not done their job satisfactorily, there would have been more casualties and more botched missions. Missions in Afghanistan need an interpreter in order to be successful, therefore, every interpreter that enlists with US or Coalition forces is a vital assent. They should be treated as such, and not as though they are Taliban sympathizers. Our government should straighten up.