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Astevana Shaya, 28, of Sterling Heights, Mich., wears a Chaldeans Lives Matter T-shirt at the protest, Monday, June 12, 2017 in Sterling Heights, Mich. The arrests of dozens of Iraqi Christians in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials appear to be among the first roundups of people from Iraq who have long faced deportation, underscoring rising concerns in other immigrant communities. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP) /Detroit News via AP)

  Trump official criticizes court halt on Iraqi deportations

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DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - The Trump administration's immigration enforcer is criticizing a Detroit judge's decision to block the deportation of 1,400 Iraqis in the U.S.

Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says, "While ICE is currently reviewing this decision to determine next steps, I am disappointed that the court's decision fails to take into account the robust and already-existing procedural process to address Petitioners' claims as well as the clear public safety threat posed by these aliens - the vast majority of whom are convicted criminals.
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Homan went on to say, "The criminal history of these aliens includes convictions for homicide, rape, aggravated assault, drug trafficking, sex assault and many other types of offenses. The dedicated men and women of ICE will continue to do our sworn duty to enforce our immigration laws and protect the safety and security of Americans."

The government might appeal any additional order that freezes the deportations past July 24. Justice Department lawyer William Silvis made that disclosure in court Thursday.

The government has argued that the immigration court, not federal Judge Mark Goldsmith, has jurisdiction over the Iraqi immigrants.

The immigrants, many of whom are Christian, fear their lives will be at risk in Iraq. The American Civil Liberties Union so far has persuaded Goldsmith to stop the deportations while the immigrants scramble to get their cases reopened in immigration court.

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
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