Building Little Baghdad

These are people who, for the most part, were forced to leave Iraq because they helped the Coalition forces (read, “Americans”), and their lives and those of their families were no longer safe. They were promised far more than they are getting.

Now we will find out how big the state of Texas really is.

In the past year, Texas saw an 85 percent increase in official refugee arrivals. “We’re still reeling from it all,” says Caitriona Lyons, the Texas State Refugee Resettlement Program coordinator. National voluntary agencies have redirected to Texas refugees who otherwise might have gone to Michigan, a popular destination, or other economically troubled states. Between 2006 and 2009, 2,822 Iraqis officially resettled in Texas. Thousands more are on the way.

Building Little Baghdad

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