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Special Immigrant Visa Advocate Calls Crisis in Afghanistan ‘Completely Preventable’

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of Airman First Class Nicolas Baron, C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. (U.S. Air Force/First Lieutenant Mark Lawson/Reuters)

No One Left Behind is a non-profit organization “committed to ensuring that America keeps its promise to our allies and their families who risked their lives for our freedom.”

Its objectives are both political — its board chairman, James Miervaldis, tells National Review that it’s been “advocating to streamline the SIV [Special Immigrant Visa] program… through three administrations, seven Congresses, seven secretaries of defense, and five secretaries of state” — and philanthropic; it also provides financial assistance to SIV recipients once they’ve arrived in the United States.

Miervaldis is aghast at the reality on the ground in Afghanistan today.

“Over a full year

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