Detroit Iraqis Arrested, Face Deportation

Detroit Iraqis Arrested, Face Deportation

"As a result of recent negotiations between the US and Iraq, Iraq has recently agreed to accept a number of Iraqi nationals subject to orders of removal", said Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Reuters.

There are approximately 1,400 Iraqi nationals with final orders of removal now in the United States.

ICE officials declined to provide the number of people who were arrested and would not say whether the operation is ongoing.

Many who have been arrested, like Hamama, who spent a year in prison for pointing a gun at another man during a road rage incident, completed their sentences years ago and had been checking in with ICE regularly, as required. According to CNN, the foundation plans to file a federal lawsuit to prevent deportations.

They're reportedly bound on buses to Youngstown's CoreCivic Corrections Facility on the east side of Youngstown. "Get the numbers, get people out".

Chaldeans are anxious they will be persecuted as Christians in Iraq if they are deported.

"We understand that maybe there was a problem in the past, but there've been a lot of people moving forward", Fr. Kathawa told CNA.

Families members said their loved ones arrived to the country legally.

Between 30 and 40 Iraqis were arrested in Detroit last Sunday, both Muslim and Chaldean-Iraqi Catholics-most with criminal records and insufficient documentation, who now face deportation. "What more do they want?"

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"I do think these are very important questions that have to be asked and answered about the direction that they are going in and what happens when you're in a situation where you're targeting people going into situations there is a high probability that they'll love their life", Stabenow said.

He said advocates also will be contacting politicians to fight the deportations.

Less than a week after the House approved the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, the bipartisan bill meant to fund relief programs for religious minorities targeted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Iraqi Christians are now facing the prospect of being sent back.

Nathan Kalasho, a prominent figure in the Chaldean community, says he's outraged the US government would allow Iraqi Christians to be deported to the Middle East.

The Metro Detroit arrests, which occurred as early as 7 a.m. Sunday, were made in areas around Dearborn, Warren and Sterling Heights, said relatives of the arrested immigrants.

Walls did not say how many Iraqis were detained Sunday.

Another unidentified family member said she and Maher Hanna, her detained brother, spent three years in a US prison for marijuana possession, 20 years ago.

"Being picked up, leaving my family behind and being send back to Iraq...anywhere in Iraq, I will be killed". Now, under President Donald Trump, the U.S.is cracking down and deporting them.

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