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VIDEO: Bipartisan effort underway to extend Special Immigrant Visa program

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The Special Immigrant Visa program for Afghans who helped American troops is set to expire at the end of the fiscal year.
 
Army veteran Matt Zeller explains why he believes it's important to renew the program.
 
"I wouldn't be here today if this man didn't save my life six years ago," Zeller says. "Janis literally shot and killed two Taliban fighters who were about to kill me in the worst firefight of my life."
 
The man Zeller speaks of, Janis Shinwari, was an interpreter in Afghanistan for eight years. He currently lives in the U.S. thanks to the Special Immigrant Visa program.
 
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is working with Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., and others in congress to make sure this program doesn't expire.
 
"I believe we have a responsibility to fulfill the obligations to the thousands of civilians who risked their lives to help our country during a time of war," Shaheen says.
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Lisa Ruhl

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The Washington Examiner