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But Ms. Dodds added that officials have “seen indications that the flow is going to start to increase.”

Anastasia Brown, director of resettlement services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said some Iraqis die while waiting. “I do know of one case, where their children were kidnapped and murdered while they were waiting for this process,” she said. “They’re living in very precarious situations.”

Said Mr. Johnson: “There is a security vacuum that has been opened up after our withdrawal.”