SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A soldier welcomed his Afghan interpreter to the United States on Wednesday after buying him a plane ticket to ensure his quick arrival amid concerns the Trump administration might try to expand its travel ban to Afghanistan.
Army Capt. Matthew Ball yelled “Qismat!” as he ran and then hugged Qismat Amin at San Francisco International Airport in a series of emotional embraces that marked the end of a yearslong battle to get the translator out of his war-torn country.
“I’m so happy,” Ball told The Associated Press after welcoming Amin. “Yeah it feels great. I’m happy to see him. I’m sort of overwhelmed. He’s here. It’s been a long time.”
The interpreter waited nearly four years for his special immigrant visa. He lived in hiding after receiving death threats from the Taliban for helping American troops.
His visa arrived two days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending …