Refugees

REFUGEES….The United States will accept a small number of Iraqi refugees after all:

The Bush administration hopes to resettle about 7,000 Iraqi refugees to the United States this year, the State Department said Wednesday.

….[U.S. Undersecretary of State Paula] Dobriansky said the United States also is working to develop special provisions for resettlement of thousands of Iraqis who work for the United States in Iraq and are still there, but face increased threat because of their cooperation with the coalition.

This is a pretty meager number, but at least it’s a start. At the very least, Iraqis who have risked their lives, and their family’s lives, to act as guides and translators for the U.S. mission during the occupation, ought to be welcomed to America. Staying in Baghdad after we leave would be tantamount to a death sentence for many of them.

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