Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Cutting Refugee Admissions Will Undermine Military

Robert Natter (a retired Admiral from the Navy) and Mark Hertling (retired Lieutenant General from the Army) co-wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post this weekend making the case that the Trump administration's efforts to drastically reduce the number of refugee admissions admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admission Program undermines the military, in both practical/instrumental and ideological ways. They join a group of 27 retired generals and admirals in writing to President Trump expressing grave concerns about the direction of this vital program.

Their op-ed explains:

"[For] many of us, welcoming refugees is not just a matter of smart policy and a reflection of our national values; it is also personal. Many of us know these refugees: They worked for and with us in our fight against terrorists and insurgents. The tangible and significant improvements we were able to make in the lives of millions as well as efforts to protect our own soldiers, sailors and Marines would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters, logisticians, engineers and others. Many of those individuals were targeted because of their assistance to us."


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