Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Christian Iraqi refugees: From Baghdad to the Border; to lockup...

The Global Post has an interesting article about Iraqi refugees trying to make it to the United States through Mexico. The violence and political unrest in Iraq has created a refugee crisis but the wait times for approval into the United States are long and the process in not guaranteed. As a result, many Iraqis have fled their country and have tried to enter the United States illegally. According to the article sophisticated human smuggling operations are springing up:

Demand is strong among those who can afford to pay, especially so among Iraqi Christian refugees. Many Iraqis who have made the illegal journey to the U.S. have been Chaldean and Assyrian Christians, some 400,000 of whom were driven from their homes by Islamic extremists. Their U.S. advocates say this illicit traffic will continue because of rising frustration.

We are truly blessed to live in the United States and many come from all around the world share in these blessings. Our U.S. Congressional representatives and Senators will be looking at immigration reform within the next year. They will have to make the tough decisions on who is allowed to come, go, stay, or leave the United States. Please pray for them. May the Lord give them wisdom.

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