Now, however, reality has struck at the Boston Globe :
While acknowledging that the administration originally set a quota of no more than 500 Iraqi refugees, [Ellen Sauerbrey, assistant secretary of state for refugees and migration] said the president has the legal authority to admit 20,000 additional refugees.
Eventually, specialists said, the number of Iraqi refugees settling in the United States could be vastly higher.
Citing instability in Iraq, a spokesman from the U.N. has said that most Iraqis will want to resettle in the West.
In particular, more than 120,000 Christians who have fled Iraq are unlikely to go home and about 100,000 of them want to come to the United States, where many have relatives, according to a group representing the Christians. A great many of the estimated 1.4 million Iraqi Muslims also are expected to try to resettle, many in the West, according to UN officials.
And don`t worry, they`re already tripping over themselves to secure the forthcoming policy`s political correctness:
Officials at the State Department and the United Nations said they understand the danger facing Iraqi Christians but said they don`t want to give the impression that they would favor Christians over Muslims in a resettlement program. Any decisions regarding admission will be based on a family`s vulnerability, not religion, officials said.(Iraqi exodus could test Bush policy, by Michael Kranish, The Boston Globe 12/11/06)
"The one thing we have to be very clear about is, if we were to admit only Christians, or at least a big majority of Christians and not other groups, this would just fuel the whole debate" about the West favoring Christians, said Cheng-Hopkins.