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Tell the Trump Administration to Protect Iraqis Who Served the United States

 

Many brave Iraqis supported the United States involvement in Iraq, working as interpreters, translators, and in other support roles with the U.S. military, diplomatic missions, media, and other nongovernmental organizations. They are vital to the success of our missions overseas, and to the safety of our military personnel. Because of their service, many Iraqis face persecution and direct threats to their lives and their families from insurgent groups, militias, and terrorist organizations.

 

On June 26th the Supreme Court issued a partial implementation of the Trump Administration’s executive order barring immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and capping the total number of refugees to be admitted to the United States. Under the Supreme Court ruling, only individuals with a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity” can enter the United States.

 

Despite having lived, worked, and fought alongside the U.S. military, diplomatic missions, media, and more, the Trump Administration has not included U.S.-affiliated Iraqis as part of their definition of a bona fide relationship with the United States.

 

This erroneous exclusion effectively bars our allies from their only option for resettling safely in the United States and puts their lives in jeopardy.

 

Take action now to tell President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to keep faith with our allies by affirming what we know to be true: that U.S.- affiliated Iraqis satisfy the bona fide relationship requirement of the Supreme Court.