A masked translator for the U.S. soldiers distributes peace pamphlets as they inspect a road repair project in Baghdad January 27, 2007. REUTERS/Erik de Castro
The Cable/Foreign Policy: Pentagon Scrambles to Make Exception for Iraqi Translators
Blindsided by Friday’s order from the White House that temporarily slammed the door on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the Department of Defense is scrambling to put together a list of Iraqi nationals who helped U.S. forces over the past 15 years that might be in line for a waiver.
The list would consist of “those who have tangibly demonstrated their commitment” to support U.S. forces, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.
Davis wouldn’t confirm if the Pentagon asked the White House for permission to start compiling the list of names, but said, “we have been provided the opportunity by the White House” to submit the list. Reports have indicated that the executive order wasn’t shared outside of the White House before it was signed on by President Trump on Friday.
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WNU Editor: One sore point that I have had with past U.S. administrations is how they have treated those .... who at great risk .... have gone out of their way to assist the U.S.. If there is ever a group that deserves to be put on the express lane for U.S. citizenship .... it is these people. Kudos to the Pentagon to finally make the effort to assist these people .... now they must deliver. on a personal note .... in my book this man should be on the top of the list to be granted U.S. citizenship.