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(USA Today)   Of the hundreds of thousands Iraqis fleeing the country, 68 were officially admitted as refugees in the U.S. in the last six months -- 1,339 refugees from Cuba were accepted during the same time span   ( divider line
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2007-05-01 10:33:14 AM  
Maybe the Iraqis need to find more reliable tires.
2007-05-01 10:40:39 AM  
I am starting to like this war in Iraq more and more. Not only are we killing a few terrorists, we are stressing Castro.

2007-05-01 10:41:41 AM  
seems pretty ungrateful for them to be leaving home after we liberated their country.
2007-05-01 10:42:25 AM  
Zombie Castro is more oppressive than Zombie Saddam.
2007-05-01 10:44:20 AM  
*cough* FLORIDA 2008 *cough*
2007-05-01 10:44:23 AM  
My first computer was a Compario SN.
2007-05-01 10:44:47 AM  
See, we want liberated Iraqis, over there, not here.
2007-05-01 10:45:07 AM  
Looks like some Iraqis aren't very fond of Democracy. They get what they deserve.
2007-05-01 10:47:48 AM  
Somewhere, somehow,
Somebody must have kicked them around some.
2007-05-01 11:06:28 AM  
Do not want.
2007-05-01 11:18:36 AM  
90 miles
2007-05-01 11:29:08 AM  
Saw this yesterday. They tell us how many Iraqis have fled, but they don't tell us how many have applied for political asylum in the United States. Was it 68? 500? 5,000?
2007-05-01 11:29:10 AM  
that is pretty shiatty, we should take any that want to come here, we farked up their country so bad it is the least we can do..let the Iraqis come and keep out the illegals from mexico...
2007-05-01 11:30:29 AM  
DarthBrooks: Zombie Castro is more oppressive than Zombie Saddam.

They'll feel right at home, then.
2007-05-01 11:33:40 AM  
Send them to Canada, they get free health care that way.

Why should we accept any more than we are. I would rather have background checks take longer, than having the wrong people being allowed to stay.
2007-05-01 11:34:29 AM  
Yea, but we sent a lot of Iraqis to Cuba so it kind of evens out. It would also be a little weird to accept refugees from us to us.
2007-05-01 11:52:28 AM  
In the 2006 fiscal year, the number of asylum applications filed by Iraqis stood at 511, up from 268 in 2004, government statistics show.

From the NYTimes
2007-05-01 11:53:15 AM  
I can't find any decent stats for the numbers applied in the last 6 months. Anyone?
2007-05-01 11:54:14 AM  
Well, Iraqis can't pitch.
2007-05-01 12:01:40 PM  
I read TFA. By my read, the Cuba number is Cuban refugees accepted by US, not Iraqi refugees accepted by Cuba. This matches some of the comments above, but not others.
2007-05-01 12:02:05 PM  
By my calculations, this makes Iraqis 1,869% more brown than cubans.
2007-05-01 12:02:11 PM  
MisterRPG: Saw this yesterday. They tell us how many Iraqis have fled, but they don't tell us how many have applied for political asylum in the United States. Was it 68? 500? 5,000?

Good question. You didn't see many Polish Jewish refugees fleeing to Germany.

Not that I'm saying... (you guys know the drill)
2007-05-01 12:11:19 PM  
I don't want a bunch of pissed-off Iraqi refugees over here.

Sorry, I know Bush farked up their country and made it the worst hellhole on Earth, and morally we owe them big time, and it would be a disgrace to betray them... but too farking bad, I don't want them over here.
2007-05-01 12:16:49 PM  
Not many Iraqi's can even claim true political asylum. To get asylum you need to show that you are being persecuted by a political entity. You are not eligible for it if you are stuck in the middle of a civil war.

As such, the situation in Cuba is much more conducive to applications for political asylum than Iraq.
2007-05-01 12:17:11 PM  
It's a shame that the US doesn't take in more of the Iraq war refugees. Among the current crop of people fleeing the country are many usefull individuals who would actually make a positive addition to the US society instead of stressing welfare. Iraq is currently experiencing an exodus of their intellectual elite who are driven out by the various tribal factions. Doctors, engineers, university professors and all types of female professionals are leaving the country in droves. If you keep in mind that there seems to be some sort of demand in the US for people with local language skills it is amazing that not more of them are allowed in.
2007-05-01 12:33:24 PM  
Has a lot to do with the fact that no other country will take Cubans and lots of countries will take Iraqis. You'd think background checks wouldn't be a problem with Iraqis, you know, since we're there and all. While I'm sure we can't get any records about anyone coming from Cuba.
2007-05-01 12:52:42 PM  
Most of them aren't even trying us; they're going to Syria and Sweden. Syria's right there and Sweden has a policy of no refusal. And, you know, the US is the country that bombed them in the first place, so I could understand why they wouldn't want to flee to here.

But anyway. 511 refugees in 2006, let's cut that in half to simulate 6 months, so that's 255.5. 68 acceptances / 255.5 applications = a 26.6% acceptance rate.

Again. Compare to Sweden, which will take anyone that manages to get to them- a virtual 100% acceptance rate.
2007-05-01 01:19:12 PM  
Some organizations (like the UN) have come up with these huge numbers of "refugees" from Iraq, but, for some reason, they can't seem to show us that many of them.

A couple of years ago, they claimed a half-million Iraqis in Syria, but at the end of the year, only had records for a total of 22,000.

You can find a few news stories about Iraqi refugees, but they always end up being about one upper middle class (read: ex-Baathist) family, and don't manage to show the huge numbers of people that would actually exist. If there were a huge dispora of the sort the UN imagines, there would be, somewhere in Syria or Jordan, large outdoor camps where all of the poor Iraqis ended up. There aren't, as far as anyone can find...

One "refugee camp" was a neighborhood in Syria, with apartment buildings, electricity, and cab service, where the big complaint was that the rent had gone up because of all of the rich Iraqis who had moved in. The writer managed to find two Iraqis to talk to - a brother and a sister - out of the suggested "thousands" in the neighborhood, and the sister wanted to move back to Baghdad because the Syrians were rude.

Yeah, I'm sure Sweden will be happy to accept all of the old Baathists who worked for Saddam, no questions asked.
2007-05-01 10:58:43 PM  
Hmm, seems like Iraqis need to start regularly electing Republican congressmen in Florida, or wherever else they think they can hand over a seat. Then they can up the numbers of immigrants allowed.
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