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Trump's refugee ban also affects Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who helped American servicemen

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FILE - - In this March 13, 2009 file photo, Iraqi Army soldiers look at a book of Arabic phrases as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Williams, 37, assigned to Delta Co., 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, looks for help in communicating in Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. The Feb. 24, 2009 shooting, which killed a U.S. solider and an interpreter and wounded five others, was an alarming inside job that reinforced what many fear: insurgents and sympathizers possibly infiltrating the ranks of Iraq's security forces.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, file)

On Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order freezing the refugee resettlement program and is expected to prioritize Christian refugees over Muslim refugees. But there's a group of immigrants — many of them Muslim — waiting for their visas that are also being frozen out, and many consider them patriots who risked themselves to help American servicemen: Iraqi and Afghan translators.

According to Military.com, the order "puts at least a 120-day hold on new refugees from all countries while officials conduct a review of the refugee screening process. A separate rule also puts a 90-day hold on the entrance of all immigrants from a series of countries considered particularly high-risk, including Iraq. When the refugee program restarts, the order states, the U.S. will accept only 50,000 refugees annually, down from the current 110,000."

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