Statement on US Travel Ban

 

IF applauds the removal of Iraq from the Trump Administration’s list of countries whose citizens are prohibited from entering the US on the basis of Iraq’s existing screening procedures, and acknowledges the efforts by the Iraqi government and top Administration officials who advocated for its removal. Iraq has been an effective partner in the fight against Da’esh, and it is crucial that Iraqi citizens and officials are legally able to enter the US. It is also vital the US honor its commitment to Iraqis who, along with their families, are eligible for citizenship in exchange for their prior service alongside American troops in Iraq, both as interpreters and other assistance roles, whose futures have been jeopardized by these measures.

IF stands by our principles of human rights, religious tolerance, and helping Iraq contribute to regional stability.

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