On the one hand, this is a happy ending to a nearly five-year odyssey. But it is depressing that a four-star general had to personally intervene to resolve the case of someone clearly loyal to the United States. Fazel risked the lives of his family because, in his mind, he was an American, fighting alongside his fellow grunts. Ask any company commander returning from Afghanistan, and he can tell you about another Fazel, equally deserving of a visa. Whats happening is a failure to keep faith with those who fought beside us. The State Department has defied Congress by denying visas to thousands of interpreters who, like Fazel, fight alongside our soldiers. Congress has authorized 1,500 visas per year for Afghans who have assisted us; the State Department annually approves about 200. In a letter to President Obama , more than a dozen members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, complained that in the past five years, State has issued only 12 percent of the available visas. An analogous program for Iraq has been similarly stalemated. To qualify for a visa , Afghan interpreters must provide recommendations from U.S. officers and be interviewed and approved by the U.S.
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on the plaza outside of the U. S. Steel Tower. The event, which is in its twentieth year and is open to the public, is the largest one-day fundraising event for the United Way of Allegheny County. “This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Party on the Plaza, a company tradition that we are proud to host each year,” said Sharon Owen, vice president Supply Chain & Customer Service for U. S. Steel and chairwoman of the company’s 2013 United Way campaign. “This is a great opportunity for our employees to help strengthen the communities where they live and work.” Games, raffles and a large, prize-filled silent auction are just some of the activities available to Partygoers. All proceeds from the day’s events benefit the United Way of Allegheny County. The featured musical act is the U. S. Steel Band, led by George Babcoke, senior vice president European Operations and Global Safety and president U. S. Steel Kosice. Local celebrities will also be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Scheduled to appear at the event are: Jamie Dixon, Head Basketball Coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers; the University of Pittsburgh cheerleaders and dance team; Christine D’Antonio of KDKA-TV; Iceburgh, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins; and Sidney the Penguin from the National Aviary. For more information about U. S. Steel, visit www.ussteel.com .