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ADVOCACY ALERT: SUPPORT THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN IRAQ ACT

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Last year the US promised to admit 7,000 Iraqis in the fiscal year running from October 1, 2006 to the end of this month. But only 719 have been allowed to enter. Here are facts from HIAS on legislation that could be voted on in the next few days:



BACKGROUND

  • There are more than 4.2 million displaced persons in and around Iraq


  • Many have helped U.S. troops and are thus now targeted by insurgents



  • Vulnerable groups face exploitation and
    shortages of food and clean water




  • The United States has only admitted 940 Iraqi
    refugees so far this year

The Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act
would:


  • Expand the P-2 category to include Iraqis who
    worked for the U.S. government or NGOs, and Iraqis who are members of a
    religious or minority community with close family members in the U.S. 




  • Provide 5,000 special immigrant visas each year
    over the next five years for Iraqis who have worked for the U.S. government for
    at least one year




  • Allow persecuted individuals to apply for
    refugee status from within Iraq

Tell your Senators:


  • Vulnerable refugees and those who have helped
    our troops deserve assistance




  • The bill should be included in the Defense
    Authorization bill, since the safety of refugees directly impacts the stability
    of Iraq




  • They should cosponsor and vote YES on this
    bipartisan, humanitarian bill when it is offered to the Defense Authorization
    bill today or next week.

 

Please phone, fax, or email your Senators
now!  Find your Senators' phone/fax numbers and email addresses at
www.senate.gov. 

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  1. David's Avatar
    why not announce IRAQ part of US territory instead? In this way, every Iraqis is automatically in US.
  2. USC's Avatar
    Illegals head North:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/21/us/21refugees.html?hp

  3. Bigan kirzad's Avatar
    ???? ??? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ?? ???? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ???? ?????? ! ????? ??????? ???? ?????.
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