Crow, Waltz Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Syrian Kurdish Partners
AURORA - Today, Reps. Jason Crow (CO-06) and Michael Waltz (FL-06) re-introduced the Syrian Partner Protection Act which would extend the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program to Syrian Kurdish partners and their families who supported the counter-ISIS mission.
“The American handshake needs to mean something. The Syrian Partner Protection Act honors the promise we made to our Syrian and Kurdish partners in Syria who have been our allies on the ground in the fight against ISIS,” said Rep. Jason Crow. “As a combat veteran who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, I know firsthand that our alliances are built on trust. We must protect the friends who protected us.”
“Syrian Kurds played a pivotal role in helping the U.S. defeat the ISIS Caliphate and have been an instrumental partner in the region,” said Rep. Mike Waltz. “Our Kurdish allies have put their lives on the line and risked retaliation to help advance U.S. interests and fight our enemies. They deserve our gratitude for their assistance. The U.S. Congress should acknowledge those who have fought alongside us on the battlefield.”
The bill mirrors similar programs that were enacted during the Bush Administration respectively for Iraqi and Afghan translators, combat interpreters, soldiers, advisors, and other workers whose lives were threatened because of their work in support of the U.S. mission.
Last week, Crow led a bipartisan effort to call on President Biden to expedite SIV and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Programs for Afghan citizens who have worked to support U.S. operations in Afghanistan, following the Administration’s announcement the U.S. would withdraw all troops by September 11, 2021.