Congress is next stop for Iraqi refugees

Article subtitle: 
Local Chaldean Catholics working with Rep. Juan Vargas on asylum legislation
Article author: 
Mark Walker
Article publisher: 
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Article date: 
22 August 2014
Article category: 
National News
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Efforts to fast-track Iraqi Christian refugees for resettlement in San Diego County and elsewhere in the country United States are expected to pick up steam when Congress reconvenes next early month ...

Nationwide, nearly 120,000 Iraqis were approved for relocation to the U.S. between 2007 and April 2013, according to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. In 2013, 11,066 Iraqis were admitted into the country.

The refugee program was established in part for Iraqis deemed vulnerable to attack because of assisting U.S. forces during the war in Iraq. In addition to that program, the Obama administration oversees a refugee program that was capped at 70,000 for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30 ...

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, said he’ll be on board with the Vargas.

“I support expanding asylum programs for Iraqi Christians, as I have in the past, and look forward to working with Congressman Vargas,” he said.

Fresh from a trip to the Middle East, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said Friday that the U.S. is a logical destination for refugees if they in fact cannot be returned to their homes if Islamic State is defeated ...