Needed: US Assistance for Five Million Iraqis
The US invasion and occupation of Iraq have resulted in almost 5 million Iraqis forced to flee their homes. Over 2.5 million are displaced internally within Iraq, and over 2 million have fled to neighboring countries. The 11,000 Iraqi refugees in US communities - including the Capital District - lack adequate support, and the millions in and around Iraq desperately need assistance for food, housing, health care and education. The US bears responsibility to relieve this human misery. We call on our representatives in Congress to: * Provide at least $2 billion humanitarian aid for displaced Iraqis. * Expand by 10-fold the number of Iraqi refugees resettled in the US. * Create an easy, efficient & transparent path for Iraqis to apply for US resettlement. * Develop a national model for an adequately funded, humane resettlement process for Iraqi refugees arriving in the US. * End the US occupation of Iraq so that it is safe for refugees to return.