When Ahmad Jan Ali says he risked his life to be here, he means it. The 26-year-old intern at the House Foreign Affairs Committee dodged bullets and kidnappers during the journey that brought him from his native Afghanistan to Washington, D.C.
"We got ambushed by the bad guys. We got shot at," Ali said of the combat missions that he completed serving as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. "There were risks in every day, working or not working."