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Many immigrants who worked for US government in Middle East are affected by travel ban

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Maria Koerner, assistant director of the Kentucky Office of Refugees. Maria Koerner, assistant director of the Kentucky Office of Refugees.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President Donald Trump's immigration order is impacting those who have put their lives on the line by serving the U.S. government.

The Special Immigrant Visa Program allows those from Iraq or Afghanistan who served the U.S. as an interpreter or in another capacity to get a visa for them and their families to become permanent American residents.

Those with the Kentucky Office for Refugees fear those people are now in serious danger.

"When ... we first started hearing rumors about what the executive order would entail, we thought, 'Surely, it won't include the SIV program, because these people risked their lives to help the United States Government,'" said Maria Koerner, the assistant director of the Kentucky Office of Refugees. "But unfortunately, when it came out, it does include a travel ban for anyone coming from Iraq."

Koerner says 207 people have come ot Louisville since 2008 as part of the SIV program.

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