Matt Zeller '04 and his translator, Janis Shinwari, with No One Left Behind.

A recent article in The Atlantic titled How Much More Merit Do You Need Than Saving American Lives? detailed the efforts of alumnus Matt Zeller ’04 and his former U.S. Army translator Janis Shinwari to help other former translators and their families, Afghan and Iraqi citizens, obtain special immigrant visas and resettle in the United States. In five years, they’ve helped 6,000 families via their non-profit organization, No One Left Behind, but the sudden slowdown in processing is a worrisome trend that could seriously hamper their efforts as the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown gains momentum. In the past year, there’s been a sudden drop in arrivals under the special-immigrant-visa program.

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