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"TAGHREED MAHMOOD AND HER SON They’re part of the second wave of Iraqi refugees who came after the Gulf War".
We are actually escaped our country Iraq after the occupation of the US to Iraq in 2003. We are one of the millions of Iraqi families who sought asylum after Iraq was invaded by the US in 2003. I focus on this war instead of the Gulf war because we the most recent war that forced us to leave Iraq was the war in 2003.The fact is we did not leave Iraq after the Gulf war but we left it after the US occupation in 2003 which is the most recent.
remember, and tell every Iraqi you know: (once you're a citizen) don't ever ever ever vote for republicans.
I had numerous wonderful working relationships and friendships with immigrants from Iran. Many felt a deep and enduring sorrow over the loss of connections to Iran, though they became committed, vibrant, successful citizens of the U.S.
I hope these new immigrants feel welcomed on a daily basis, and free to keep their culture alive and open even as they put down roots here.
We have a great deal to learn from each other, and I hope they do not have to endure much ignorance or cruelty from the people who now surround them. They have suffered enough because of us.
I especially hope that peace and stability may somehow come to Iraq, without a lot of further hamfisted meddling by the U.S., so that it may continue to be a wellspring of their long history, a protector of those who had to stay behind for whatever reasons, and a respecter of rights to visit back and forth as well as to communicate freely.