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Iraqi Immigrants

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Dozens of Iraqi nationals have been arrested for potential deportation, many of them including Christians, in Detroit on Sunday, according to numerous reports. Many estimates say about 40 have been arrested, while some reports estimate as many as 80.

The arrests come as a result of a “deal” brokered between the U.S. and Iraq. Though Iraq was initially one of the countries from which Trump’s executive order banned travel, the U.S. had taken the country off the list in its revised version. In return, Iraq told the U.S. it would receive Iraqi nationals that were deported from the U.S.

For many of those who were arrested over the weekend, however, being sent back to Iraq — a country they may not have been to in decades — means certain torture
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"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 U.S. law and ordered them removed."

Advocates argue that many[, if not all,] have already completed sentences for their crimes.

“I understand these are criminals, but they paid their dues,” Eman Jajonie-Daman, a Detroit immigration attorney, told Reuters. “But we cannot send them back to die.”

Nahidh Shaou, a U.S. veteran who served a 35-year sentence for shooting and wounding a police officer, is among those who may be deported, Christianity Today reports.

Shaou’s niece, Tiara Shaya, told Christianity Today that “his Christian faith, his Chaldean ethnicity, his veteran status” will be among the reasons he will “be targeted” if he is sent back to Iraq.

“I see it as a death sentence. I really don’t know how he could survive with the combination of targets on his back,” she added.

Reports say that about 1,400 Iraqi nationals are currently [on the docket] to be deported, and some estimate that over 300 of those listed are
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