The Courageous Friends We Are Abandoning

Peter Meijer, an Iraq War veteran, reminds us that the visa program for Iraqis who assisted Americans is about to expire:

If Congress doesn’t act, on October 1 the State Department will dismantle the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqi refugees. The program was introduced in 2008 as a way to provide special immigration status to some of the tens of thousands of Iraqis who served alongside U.S. forces at great danger to themselves and their families, during our 8 year occupation. Today, 5 years after the original legislation passed, less than a third of the 25,000 allotted visas have been distributed and the charter is set to expire. Will this be just another broken promise to the people of Iraq?

After destroying their country, and achieving nothing but a simmering civil war, it is the very least we should do. Earlier Dish on visas for Iraqis here, here, here, and here.