More bad news for the more than 2 million Iraqis who have fled their occupied country: The Bush administration, after admitting fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees into the United States in the first three years of the occupation, has failed miserably to follow through on its promise to admit 7,000 more by the end of September.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has sternly rebuked donor nations for not providing much aid to hosts Syria and Jordan to deal with what is already the largest refugee population in the world.
International Herald Tribune:
As Iraqis continue to flee their country in record numbers, adding to what is already the largest refugee population in the world, U.S. efforts to accept them are moving at a snail’s pace. Officials predict that at most only 2,000, or less than 30 percent, of the 7,000 can be processed by Sept. 30.
The delays are due to enhanced security vetting by the Homeland Security Department, which is overseeing the program to take Iraqis referred by the United Nations for resettlement in the U.S., officials said Monday.