31 Jan '17, 1am

Veterans protest travel ban, saying it hurts interpreters

Veterans protest travel ban, saying it hurts interpreters

SAN DIEGO — U.S. combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan say they are outraged at the temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and the suspension of the U.S. refugee program that has blocked visas for interpreters who risked their lives to help American troops on the battlefield. Thousands of veterans have signed petitions. One soldier says he has bought a plane ticket for his Afghan translator in case that country is added to the list of banned nations. Many veterans say they feel betrayed by the executive order that President Donald Trump signed Friday that suspends the admission of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days and all Syrian refugees indefinitely. They say the fight feels personal since they gave their word to people who aided American troops that the United States would protect them and their families. "This administration j...

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