Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has backed a visa program for Afghani interpreters and their relatives that’s funded by imposing higher costs on U.S. military veterans’ health care costs, according to an immigration reduction group.
The amendment proposed by New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — and supported by McCain — will increase the number of Afghan Special Immigrant Visas for people who have aided U.S. soldiers as interpreters or translators. The number of visas will rise from 7,000 to 11,000, and each visa holder can bring spouses and their children to the United States.
Congress cut healthcare benefits to veterans in the 2016 budget by increasing pharmacy co-pays — using some of those savings to fund an expansion of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visas program, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. The money could have been taken from other spending accounts, such as programs at the State Department.
Backers of the amendment plan to do more of the same, says NumbersUSA: “Once again, shamefully, the proposed pay-for apparently will be on the backs of our soldiers and their families in higher-priced health care.”
The war in violent, tribal, Third World Afghanistan has cost American taxpayers $1.6 trillion since 9/11, according to a 2014 Congressional Research Office estimate. It has taken the lives of over 2,300 U.S. soldiers, on top of over 20,000 U.S. soldiers wounded or maimed.
NumbersUSA explained the wide range of taxpayer-funded programs the Afghanis are eligible to receive.
“Recipients are entitled to every benefit to which refugees are entitled, including travel loans, eight months of refugee cash and medical assistance, social services, up to five years of job training, job placement, and English classes,” along with employment authorization and a Social Security number.
The SSN allows them to claim Earned Income Tax Credits and Additional Child Tax Credits. Every child born on U.S. soil is automatically awarded U.S. citizenship, thanks to liberal Supreme Court Justice William Brennan’s 1982 footnote in Plyler v. Doe. They, in turn, can sponsor “relatives” to join them in the U.S., whether or not American communities prefer to have impoverished, tribal, devout Muslims resettled en-masse into their neighborhoods. This is thanks to the 51-year long chain migration tradition of giving migrants control over U.S. immigration policy, successfully advocated by Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy and his Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
In addition, they are eligible for federal entitlement programs and other benefits, including but not limited to:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP)
It’s a remarkable bargain for interpreters who aided the U.S. in their native country. The Afghan Special Immigrant Visas program was created in 2009 and continued to grow as modifications were made. Despite its expansion, thousands of visas still remain unclaimed, NumbersUSA says.
Indeed it is a remarkable bargain for interpreters, but should this bill pass, it’s a stab in the back to our veterans who have already served this country and are now living on meager wages while some die in line waiting for health care from the VA. These guys have already paid the price, yet McCain would have their paychecks reduced in order to pay for this bill, which means our vets basically pay twice.
McCain, of all people, who’s questionably hailed as a war hero, should be defending our Vets and demanding that they find another way to fund this. One very simple way to pay for it would be to dial back the number of Syrian refugees being imported into the US to allow for the Afghan interpreters to enter the US. They certainly deserve to be moved to the top of the list over the terrorists O is using to seed our towns with muslims.
Arizona, I hope you’re paying attention and do us all a favor and vote for Kelli Ward, so we can get rid of this jerk who finds it so easy to betray our veterans.