Asylum – Iraqis who helped American soldiers are being forgotten

I wanted to point out to an excellent article by staff writer for the ABA, Lynda Edwards, about the faith of those that help our armed forces in Iraq. Many of these people risk their lives to help our soldiers, and you would think that our government will make it easy for them to find shelter in the US, think again.

For refugees, the visa process begins with an interview by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Some must wait almost 5 years to get the process completed. According to the article, failing to aid Iraqis who’ve supported the U.S. would be a grave mistake. Ignoring them sends a dangerous message to the world: Support Americans and we’ll abandon you to be killed. Let us hope that US officials will realize the mistake they are doing by not helping such valuable resources obtain a visa and shelter in America.

Read the article here