Washington Examiner: Lawmakers urge Trump to support Mattis' exemption from ban for Iraqi interpreters
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., took the lead on the letter to Trump.
Lawmakers urge Trump to support Mattis' exemption from ban for Iraqi interpreters
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is sending a letter to President Trump on Monday urging him to support a request from the defense secretary to exempt military interpreters from the ban on citizens of seven countries coming into the United States.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., took the lead on the letter to Trump, saying that foreign interpreters who served with the U.S. military overseas risked their own lives and those of their families to advance America's national security interests and may face increased threats in the wake of the ban announced on Friday.
"We are concerned that, with specific application to individuals who worked with the U.S. government on the ground, certain immigrants deserving prompt consideration are likely to be overlooked. We encourage you to make special consideration in the review process for these individuals, who are certain to face threats to their own lives as part of the broader pause in refugee and immigrant admissions," the letter reads.
Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and Seth Moulton, D-Mass., also have signed the letter.