US shatters record for Iraqi refugee admissions

The United States allowed in more than 2,300 Iraqi refugees last month, setting a record and putting the Bush administration on pace to surpass its goal of accepting 12,000 by the end of September. The State Department said Friday that 2,352 Iraqi refugees had arrived in the country in July, shattering the previous monthly record of 1,721 from June. July's figure brings to 8,815 the number of Iraqi refugees to have been admitted in the current budget year that ends September 30, giving the administration two months to take in 3,185 to hit the target.