We promised US-affiliated Iraqis entry into the United States. We never delivered on that promise.
Here’s how you can help.
During the Iraq war, numerous Iraqis risked life and limb to serve as translators and informants to the U.S. Military, and were promised a fast-track into the country as repayment. These hardworking, brave individuals faced retaliation for aligning themselves with the U.S., and many of them were murdered or died in the line of fire. Years later, the U.S. has not made good on its promise. Many of them are now refugees living in other countries, and are blocked from entering the U.S. under the refugee ban.
Given our country’s history of exploiting brown people and not following through on our promises, this is not surprising stuff. But don’t let the bleakness of this situation numb you to how unconscionable it is. These people risked their lives to aid the military that invaded their country. They deserve entry into the U.S.. And you can help.
Call your Congressional representatives by dialing (202) 224–3121 and entering your zip code. Then tell them the following:
“Hello, I am a concerned constituent from [city, state] and my zip code is _____. I am calling because I find it unacceptable that Iraqis who helped the U.S. during the Iraq War are not exempt from the refugee ban. These hard-working people aided our military immeasurably, and we have done nothing to pay them back for their sacrifices. At the very least, they do not deserve to be treated as threats.”