Rezwan Natiq, from Kabul, Afghanistan, is a refugee living in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
"The U.S. refugee resettlement program is not just about saving lives — it’s also strategic foreign policy.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, local allies and employees of the U.S. government, military or its contractors are promised refuge in the United States if their job puts them in harm’s way, through what’s called a special immigrant visa. The program is often used to find translators willing to work for the U.S.
Next year’s reduced refugee cap reserves spots for some of these allies, according to the State Department."