Coalition Letter: Extend SIV programs for Iraqi and Afghan allies

We, the undersigned faith leaders, urge you to extend the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs for Iraqi and Afghan allies of the U.S. missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without congressional reauthorization both programs will sunset, in September 2013 and September 2014 respectively. Furthermore, the looming deadline of September 30 of this year for the Iraqi SIV program will endanger thousands of Iraqis who put their lives and their families’ lives at risk to work alongside U.S. Government and Armed Forces. To honor our commitment to these brave individuals who served alongside our troops we urge Congress to include the extension of the Iraqi SIV program on the FY 14 continuing resolution bill.