The US State Department said on Thursday it will soon run out of visas for interpreters and other Afghans who have worked for the U.S. government during the decade and a half that U.S. forces have been engaged in the country.
At least one US senator, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, said any decision to let the program lapse sends a message to allies in Afghanistan that the United States is not supporting them. She pledged to immediately introduce legislation to provide more visas.
"It's both a moral and practical imperative that Congress right this wrong immediately," Shaheen said in a statement.
Her office said more than 10,000 applicants are still in the process of obtaining visas.