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Iraqi expatriates seek refugee status for Christians fleeing militants
Iraqi expatriates seek refugee status for Christians fleeing militants

A leader of the large Iraqi community in eastern San Diego County is scheduled Wednesday to help plead with United Nations officials to grant refugee status for Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence ravaging their home country. Mark Arabo, a Chaldean Christian and executive of the El Cajon-based Neighborhood Market Assn., will be part of a group of secular and religious leaders who want the U.N. to designate the Iraqi Christians as "stateless persons" because of the violence aimed at them by Sunni militants. Such a designation would speed up the immigration process, including to the United States. "They don't expect their homes back, they just want to live,"...

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