The interpreters are watching the minutes crawl by and waiting for the visas to be processed. Some of them have been rejected from the Special Immigrant Visa program; and others worry that they might also be rejected and this adds to the already intense stress of waiting. They can’t go outside for worry their faces will be recognized as being what many of their fellow Iraqis consider traitors. This happened because they believed and invested in the dream of a democratic Iraq. They risked their lives alongside American soldiers in battle, but they were left behind to fend for themselves against death threats.
Many have lost their lives, and many are losing their hope for a halfway normal life. They wait and some are starting to feel like fools. It is wrong to treat anyone this way….to put their lives in great danger for your own benefit, and then refuse them safety when they need it desperately.
I wait with the interpreters that are fortunate enough to have internet access. I chat with many every day, and I watch the deterioration of hope. It is not comfortable. You say to them, “don’t give up”………and yet there are no promises. You might only be able to help them pass time by focusing on a different subject, but the worry and uncertainty are still there in the background.
There is not good enough reason why these people should have been put through this.