Digital Access

Digital Access
Access theherald-news.com and all Shaw Media Illinois content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, sports, business, classified and more! News you can use every day.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Have our latest news, sports and obituaries emailed directly to you Monday through Friday so you can keep up with what's happening in the area.
Local News

Kinzinger introduces bill to grant special immigrant visas to Afghan translators

Adam Kinzinger
Adam Kinzinger

Last week, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, along with three other congressmen from both sides of the aisle, introduced a bill which would authorize 4,000 new special immigrant visas.

H.R. 2796, the Afghan Allies and Protection Act, also would require the U.S. State Department to report to Congress on the obstacles of protecting Iraqi and Afghan allies and suggestions for improving the program, according to a news release.

“For years, we have fought for the Special Immigrant Visa program to ensure protections for those who risked their lives to protect American men and women,” Kinzinger said. “Because of their service to the U.S., these individuals and their families have been targeted by the Taliban and terror groups.”

While the fiscal 2019 omnibus spending bill authorized 3,500 SIVs, the backlog remains at about 20,000 Afghans, with the number of arrivals decreasing by half. The processing time for existing applications has slowed, forcing many to wait for years.

“This legislation is important to our allies and our code of honor,” Kinzinger said. “We made a promise to the men and women who served with us on the battlefield, and we must uphold that promise to leave no one behind.”

Loading more