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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 05:40 PM

Cutting refugee admissions will have severe consequences for the U.S. military

Source: Washington Post

Cutting refugee admissions will have severe consequences for the U.S. military

By Robert J. Natter and Mark P. Hertling
September 8 at 11:00 AM
Robert J. Natter is a retired U.S. Navy admiral who served as commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces from 2000 to 2003. Mark P. Hertling is a retired lieutenant general who served as commanding general of U.S. Army Europe from 2011 to 2012.

America was founded as a safe haven to persecuted people and a beacon of hope, liberty and freedom to people around the world. Those themes reflect our values, and the welcoming of refugees to our shores is one of our proudest legacies and a fundamental part of who we are as a nation.

As military leaders, we spent nearly four decades defending these values. But today, a core American legacy is at risk, as the Trump administration is reportedly considering issuing severe, unprecedented cuts — potentially even zeroing out — the bipartisan U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the established legal means of entry for these deserving people.

This week, we joined a group of 27 retired generals and admirals — all of whom have been operational leaders in military conflicts and exhibited courage in defending our values on the battlefield — in writing to President Trump expressing grave concerns about the direction of this vital program.

That’s because 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. They and their families have often been threatened for working with coalition forces, yet they bravely continued in their service at every level from translating conversations at the infantry squad level to contributing to task-force-level diplomatic missions. They may claim different cultures and speak different languages, but they have all put their lives on the line along with our citizens as part of our team.

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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 05:46 PM

1. Can't believe how stupid Trump and his sycophant leaders are

How will the military be able to function in foreign countries if we back stab those that have helped us. We know Trumpers can barely speak one language let alone two

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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 05:49 PM

3. it is hatred of immigrats. stupidty yes, but Hate trumps all.

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Sun Sep 8, 2019, 05:48 PM

2. Trump and Stephen Miller will toss the letter into the waste basket.

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