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“Newsday” Editorial Features UPenn Director

In a recent Newsday editorial, Bob Keeler highlighted the United States’ obligation to welcome its borders to Iraqi refugees displaced by the Iraq War.

“The refugee problem is ours,” he wrote.

IRAP’s own Kate Norland, student director of the University of Pennsylvania chapter, said in the article, “One of the problems we’re facing right now is it’s taking a very long time.”

Refugees are waiting in dire situations, she said, some even getting injured during the delay.

Keeler also focused on the holdup in SIV processing.

“Refugee systems are not doing nearly as much as they can to help one of the most sympathetic immigrant groups imaginable: Iraqi refugees who worked for the U.S. government after the invasion of Iraq,” Keeler wrote. “That choice made them targets of the insurgency.”