Biden Says Afghanistan Interpreters Welcome In US

Biden Says Afghanistan Interpreters Welcome In US

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While discussing the end of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said Thursday that Afghan translators will be welcome in the U.S. 

The comments came during a press conference in the East Room of the White House, where Biden pledged to bring home American troops by Aug. 31 – capping off nearly 20 years of U.S. military activity in Afghanistan.

President Joe Biden speaks about the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Washington.  (AP)

Asked by Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich why Afghan translators can’t be evacuated to the U.S. to await their visa processing – like some immigrants at the U.S. southern border – Biden said: “Because the law doesn’t allow that to happen.” 

“And that’s why we’re asking Congress to consider changing the law. But in the meantime, we can guarantee their safety if they wish to leave by taking them to third countries,” Biden said. 

He expressed his hope that they will eventuall

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