28 Feb '17, 11pm

Lawmakers invite Iraqi translators as protest to Trump address

WASHINGTON -- Multiple Democratic lawmakers will bring Iraqi translators who worked with U.S. forces during the war as guests to President Donald Trump’s congressional address Tuesday night, as a form of protest to his immigration politics. Iraq War veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., will host Abdulla Sindi, a former Iraqi interpreter now working on her staff. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., will bring Ahmed Alsaeedi, a former interpreter who lives in his district. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., has invited Hameed Darweesh, an Iraqi translator who was detained last month at a New York airport because of Trump’s new immigration orders. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., both invited family members of translators affected by the travel ban. Last month, Trump signed a controversial executive order including a 90-day ban on travel into the United States ...

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