ACLU sues to stop deportation of arrested Iraqi nationals

As of April 17, 2017, there were 1,444 Iraqi nationals with final orders for removal, she said.

Though Iraq was initially one of the countries from which Trump's executive order banned travel, the USA had taken the country off the list in a new, revised executive order.

The "overwhelming majority" of the 1999 Iraqi immigrants recently detained nationwide "had criminal convictions for crimes including homicide, rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, drug trafficking, robbery, sex assault, weapons violations and other offenses", ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls told the Detroit Free Press. Since the March 12 agreement with Iraq regarding deportees, eight Iraqi nationals have been removed to Iraq.

Russia Today reported Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested as many as 80 Chaldean Christian Iraqis for mass deportation in Sterling Heights, West Bloomfield and Dearborn.

Advocates have contended that numerous Chaldeans detained by ICE have already served their sentences for minor crimes years ago and that they could be persecuted if they are deported back to Iraq.

This was because the country agreed to take back deportees who were living in the United States without proper documentation.

Kalabat positioned that the Church "does not oppose justice", and said that "all hardened criminals that are a danger to society should be picked up".

'Many who were picked up are not hardened criminals but for the last decades have been great citizens. The Genocide bill that was just passed by Congress last week to protect Christians goes against this very thing.

"With news that deportations may be imminent, the Chaldean Christian community implores the US government to do whatever it can in its power to stay those removals until such time that conditions in Iraq allow for a safe repatriation", said Martin Manna, president of the Chaldean Community Foundation, in a statement.

The Chaldean Church is an ancient Christian tradition in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

They had been given an effective reprieve from deportation because Iraq would not take them back.

The lawsuit contends that it is illegal to deport the detainees without giving them opportunity to prove they could face torture and even death if they return to Iraq.

Detroit holds around 150,000 Chaldeans, the largest population outside the Middle East.

"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", said Kary Moss, the executive director of the ACLU of MI. "They came here as children". They're culturally illiterate [in Iraq].There's really no homeland for the Chaldean people'.

  • Leroy Wright