ACLU sues to stop deportation of arrested Iraqi nationals

by Abel Hampton June 16, 2017, 0:50
ACLU sues to stop deportation of arrested Iraqi nationals

Pastor Jalil Dawood, the president of World Refugee Care, who fled Iraq as a refugee during the war with Iran in 1982 and started a new life in the USA, told The Christian Post on Wednesday, "We can't say these people went through genocide and send them back to be victimized again!" The group seeks a Friday hearing. Its members have lived in Iraq for centuries but have faced sustained persecution, in particular from ISIS which gave them the choice of death, conversion of paying a special tax.

"Not only is it immoral to send people to a country where they are likely to be violently persecuted, it expressly violates United States and worldwide law and treaties", Kary Moss, executive director for the ACLU of MI, said in a statement.

The ACLU says most of the 114 Iraqis arrested in MI are Chaldean Christians but that there are also some Shiite Muslims and Christian converts.

Walls added that each of the people arrested went through full and fair immigration proceedings, and that a federal immigration judge found each "ineligible for any form of relief under US law and ordered them removed".

An ACLU release says that although "many of the detainees were picked up for minor offenses in years past, the vast majority have been fully compliant with their conditions of supervision and have had no further run-ins with the law". "Each of these individuals received full and fair immigration proceedings, after which a federal immigration judge found them ineligible for any form of relief under US law and ordered them removed".

The overwhelming majority of those arrested had criminal convictions for crimes including murder, rape, assault, kidnapping, burglary, drug trafficking, weapons violations and other offences, Christensen said.

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Immigration officials claim all of those arrested had criminal convictions and it appears the mass detentions are linked to Trump's stalled travel ban.

In compliance with a March agreement between the United States and Iraq, which drops the latter from the list of countries embedded in President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, officials detained and plan to deport 114 Iraqi immigrants from the Metro Detroit area over the weekend. In return, Iraq told the would receive Iraqi nationals that were deported from the U.S.

Rebecca Adducci, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Detroit, said in a statement that the "criminal aliens" who've been arrested represent a "very real public safety threat".

The Detroit area has one of the largest Chaldean communities in the U.S. Longtime demographer Kurt Metzger said a community survey estimated there were roughly 120,000 Chaldeans in and around Detroit.

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