The Iraqi interpreter for deceased American sniper Chris Kyle recently became a U.S. citizen, and he’s celebrating while speaking out against critics of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
Riyadh Al Ahmady — whose code name was “Johnny Walker” during the Iraq war — was sworn in as an American citizen on Wednesday. He spent years going through the proper channels as a legal immigrant, and told the Daily Caller that when he finally took the oath, he became emotional. “I couldn’t handle it,” he recalled. “It was [a] big honor. It was an amazing feeling.”
When the Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill asked Al Ahmady how he feels about illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. at the U.S.-Mexico border, the former interpreter used an analogy.
“If I want to come to your house, I have to ring the door bell or ask permission to come to your house, right?” he asked Hamill. “What do you think if I jump through the window or the fence? You think this is the right way for a human being to do business?
“Same thing with immigrants,” Al Ahmady continued. “Instead of jump[ing] the border, go apply for citizenship, wait until your right time and come to this county, and I’m telling you: If you follow the legal procedure, this country will welcome you and they will love you.”
Al Ahmady went on to defend President Donald Trump’s 2017 travel ban, which he has praised in the past.
“When he announced the travel ban, they called him racist, against Muslims … all these bulls**t things,” Al Ahmady said, adding that the president’s critics ignored the fact that Muslim countries also place restrictions on border entries.
Al Ahmady spent six years serving alongside members of the U.S. special forces in Iraq, including Kyle, completing more than 1,000 missions. He is credited with saving countless Americans, in spite of attempts on his own life.
The Iraq native was given his code name to protect his identity while assisting the American military, and still likes being called Johnny Walker.