03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

US Failing To Meet Iraqi Refugee Target

The United States accepted only some 450 Iraqi refugees in October, well short of the Bush administration's stated goal of 1,000 a month.

The figure also marks a decline from September, when 889 refugees were admitted. Iraq's neighbors have been overwhelmed by a flood of more than 2 million Iraqi refugees fleeing the violence in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion. After being criticized for failing to accept the country's proper share of refugees, the Bush administration vowed that the United States would accept 12,000 Iraqi refugees in fiscal 2008 (out of a total of 80,000 refugees Washington plans to admit).

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