Ahmad from Dallas
Ahmad served seven years as a translator for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. In 2016, he moved to the United States with his wife and his children, in pursuit of his American Dream.
While working as a security guard in Dallas, Ahmad was tragically shot four times, which resulted in his paralysis from the neck down, and eventually a heart attack which left him dependent on a ventilator. His wife knew that because of the rapid deterioration of her husband’s condition, his parents needed to come to see him to possibly give their last goodbyes. They applied for a visa, but were denied three times. With time running out, Ahmad’s family contacted Rep. Allred’s office.
Rep. Allred was able to send a letter of support for his parents to the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan describing Ahmad’s desperate situation. The embassy initially denied their visa, but after receiving Rep. Allred’s letter, they called his parents the day after for a follow up interview over the phone. They were approved immediately.