Detroit Judge to Consider US Freeze on Iraqi Deportations

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But the American Civil Liberties Union said an immigration judge might not be able to hear their cases before deportation.

But they argued that sending them back to Iraq, where the US government has said Chaldeans face genocide, is akin to a death sentence.

A federal judge in MI has temporarily blocked the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in Detroit, who fear for their lives if they are forced to return to their native land. Last Thursday, Goldsmith granted temporary protection to 114 Iraqi immigrants from metro Detroit, giving them two more weeks to remain here to pursue their cases. It also gives detainees an opportunity to go before an immigration judge and make their case for why they believe they should be allowed to stay in the United States.

Protesters rally outside the federal court just before a hearing to consider a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Iraqi nationals facing deportation, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., June 21, 2017.

ICE has previously said it will comply with the judge's order and has maintained that its actions to deport Iraqi immigrants are warranted an dlegal. It said it had asked the judge for a ruling by Monday because ICE had indicated that it might start deportations as early as Tuesday.

"According to government officials, there are more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals with final orders of removal".

ICE stated that the detainees had criminal records, and although they had entered the USA legally and had not yet become citizens, they were no longer eligible for full citizenship.

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South Asian neighbors India and Pakistan have had a history of hostile relations which is reflected during cricket matches too. The Keralans reportedly lit firecrackers and chanted slogans in support of the Pakistan cricket team, who won by 180 runs.

"The persecution that the Christian and Chaldean Catholic community has faced in Iraq is well- documented", they added. The deportation order comes as the Trump administration issued a travel ban for Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries.

That agreement triggered a shift in the focus of ICE raids, according to ICE's press secretary Gillian Christensen.

Opponents filed a motion Saturday requesting an emergency hearing after discovering that 85 other Iraqis had been arrested in other areas for immediate deportation.

Over the next two weeks, Judge Goldsmith will try to determine whether or not a federal district court has jurisdiction over the matter in the first place.

"Returning religious minorities to Iraq at this time, without specific plans for protection, does not appear consistent with our concerns about genocide and persecution of Christians in Iraq", a letter by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston-Galveston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chair of the U.S. bishops' worldwide justice and peace committee, and Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, chair of the bishops' migration committee, stated.

Many have lived in the United States so long that they no longer speak Arabic, immigration lawyers and activists say.

Immigration advocates disagreed and last week convinced Goldsmith that all potential Iraqi deportees - many of them Christians - deserve more time to state their cases. That their lives would be in danger if they were returned could be said about hundreds of thousands of illegals from Central America and elsewhere.

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