Neglected Responsibilities: The U.S. Response to the Iraqi Refugee Crisis, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, March 11, 2008   [open pdf - 339KB]

From the opening statement of Gary L. Ackerman: "Almost a year ago, the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee held a hearing on the Iraqi refugee crisis, and we learned several disturbing things. We learned that the administration was doing next to nothing to assist those Iraqis who put their lives in jeopardy in order to assist the United States in our efforts in Iraq. Not only wasn't the administration helping them, they didn't even know how many Iraqis actually worked for us, so they naturally had no idea how many people needed our help. We learned that the administration was woefully unprepared to process refugees referred to us by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. We learned that it took up to 5 months to process a refugee referral. We learned that the United States had the capacity to process merely a few hundred refugees a month, but wasn't working anywhere near even that limited capacity. [...] So our two subcommittees have reconvened today in the hope that the administration will be able to tell us all sorts of good news, such as that it has provided the protection necessary to those Iraqis who risk their lives for us, translators, guides, intel providers." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gary L. Ackerman, James B. Foley, Lori Scialabba, Stephen A. Edson, Lawrence Butler, Greg Gottlieb, and Sheila Jackson Lee.

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