Elected Officials' Statements on the Refugee Crisis

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on September 16, 2015 in Blog
The increased attention on the exodus of Syrians leaving their homes for Europe has led many presidential candidates and public officials to comment on how the U.S. has handled this humanitarian crisis and what the U.S. should do moving forward.
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Syria refugee crisis a no-win for Obama

Posted by Washington Times on September 13, 2015 in News Clips

By Stephen Dinan

Human rights groups say President Obama's opening bid of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees next year is far too timid in the face of the humanitarian catastrophe playing out in the Middle East, and even his own party colleagues in Congress are preparing to raise him tenfold, calling for the U.S. to take in 100,000 Syrians.

Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, warn that the U.S. isn't nearly prepared to vet the refugees, and say radicalized Muslims are certain to use the program to try to gain a foothold in the U.S.

Trapped in the middle is Mr. Obama, who...

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Ordinary People Living Through Extraordinary Times

Posted by Sabrin Qadi on August 21, 2015 in Blog
For the Syrian people caught in a tragic civil war, existence precedes essence. Najlaa Sheekh, an individual caught in between the conflict of armed groups in her country paved a way for herself and others to continue existing rather than submitting to the attributed essence others use to define those— stereotypes and labels of refugees by the West.
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Saving the Interpreters Who Were Left Behind

Posted by Sabrin Qadi on June 30, 2015 in Blog
Matt Zeller, founder of the non-profit organization, No One Left Behind, has dedicated the next decade of his life to bringing every interpreter who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and their family, to the United States. Zeller was a service member in Afghanistan, a wounded combat veteran who did a one time tour. His zealous advocacy in support of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters comes from the fact that his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari, came to his aid during a nearly fatal ambush.
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AAI Hosts Hill Briefing on Resettling Iraqi Allies

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Blog
Caught in the maelstrom of waning media coverage and partisan politics on Iraq are some of the United States’ most indispensable allies�the thousands of Iraqi nationals who advanced the U.S. mission as military translators, journalists, and human rights activists. For the courageous individuals employed on behalf of the United States, the Islamic State's crusade in Iraq does not occasion a captivating news article or impassioned political debate. Rather, it is a crisis with life threatening implications.
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The House Hears Plea for More Humanitarian Aid to Syria

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog
By Nora Chamma Summer Intern, 2014 Last Wednesday, members of Congress gathered for a subcommittee hearing on the humanitarian situation in war-stricken Syria. The hearing featured a number of panelists representing medical and refugee relief agencies, Mercy Corps, CARE, and Global Communities to name a few, working both in and outside Syria.
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To Be a Friend is Fatal: Documentary Highlights Plight of Iraqi Nationals Who Worked with US Forces

Posted by on December 06, 2013 in Blog
By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013 On November 20th, an important documentary highlighting the plight of Iraqi nationals who worked for the United States military forces during the Iraq war was screened on Capitol Hill. The List, produced by documentarian Beth Murphy, follows Kirk Johnson, founder of “The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies,” which has helped around 1,500 Iraqis who assisted the United States and are in need of special visas navigate the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
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The ‘Forgotten People’: Palestinian Refugees From Syria

Posted on May 27, 2013 in Washington Watch
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the Middle East with a rather full plate. I don't want to pile on more, but there is an issue connected to both the Syrian civil war and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that must not be ignored.
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“Mission Not Accomplished: The Plight of Persecuted Iraqis Left Behind”

Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Blog
By Dalal Hillou Although U.S. troops have been pulled out of Iraq, our responsibility there is not over. There are people still relying on us, people who need our help to ensure their safety and to secure a steady, stable future. Why, then, are we leaving our allies behind?
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