Officials from the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have been saying that 12,000 Iraqi refugees are expected to be admitted into the US over the next fiscal year (October 2007 – October 2008) – at least 1,000 per month. State Department statistics for October show that the US is starting well off that pace, having admitted only 450. While disappointing, that number is actually a large improvement over the last fiscal year, when a total of only 1,608 were admitted.

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