By Mary Doetsch, July 5, 2021
The State Department’s recent admission that thousands of Iraqis likely filed fraudulent refugee applications for resettlement in the United States is not a surprise. Instead, the actual shock is that the State Department is finally admitting to what has long been known.
Disturbingly, in terms of the fraud-laden U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, history is simply repeating itself — as it appears that the massive deception inherent in the Iraqi resettlement program can no longer be willfully ignored. According to the Reuters report, U.S. authorities are pursuing what they termed a “sweeping fraud investigation” of potentially more than 100,000 Iraqis. At least 500 Iraqis have already entered the U.S. as “refugees,” while tens of thousands of others are pending resettlement.
The inquiry, although being called one of the “biggest fraud investigations in recent history,” is only one in a long line of resettlement scandals.
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Mary (pictured) is retired from the U.S. State Dept. where she worked in refugee admissions. Follow her on Twitter.