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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Federal Court Blocks Deportation of Iraqi Nationals

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Via the ACLU:

June 22, 2017


DETROIT — A federal court has blocked the immediate deportation of Iraqi nationals arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month.

The American Civil Liberties Union successfully sought the temporary restraining order, arguing those individuals should have an opportunity to prove their lives would be in danger if they were returned to Iraq.

“The court took a life-saving action by blocking our clients from being immediately sent back to Iraq,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, who argued the case. “They should have a chance to show that their lives are in jeopardy if forced to return.”

The ACLU challenged the government after ICE agents arrested more than 100 Iraqis —including many who’ve been in the U.S. for decades — in recent raids throughout metropolitan Detroit. Those arrested include Christians and Muslims, all at risk of persecution in Iraq.

“We are thankful and relieved that our clients will not be immediately sent to Iraq, where they face grave danger of persecution, torture or death. It would be unconstitutional and unconscionable to deport these individuals without giving them an opportunity to demonstrate the harm that awaits them in Iraq,” said Michael Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of Michigan.

The case was argued in the U.S. District Court/Eastern Michigan District.

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Updated 06-23-2017 at 10:05 AM by MKolken

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In my own June 23 ilw.com comment on this decision, I quote the great 10th century Iraqi poet Al-Mutanabbi who wrote the following over 1,000 years ago:

    Wa taazumu
    fi 'ayn assaghir assagharuha

    Wa tasgharu fi 'ayn al azim al azaimu.

    A rough translation (as I am not a classical Arabic scholar) would be:

    "Small people think that their small actions are great,

    And great people think that their great actions are small."

    Which of these two types of people does Donald Trump belong to, by imposing his agenda of mass deportation and expulsion of Middle Eastern, Latino, Asian and black immigrants on America?

    True, the actual number of deportations may be starting off at a slower rate than those of Trump's predecessor, but that will be of little comfort to the threatened Iraqi Christians, whom Trump promised during his campaign to protect against persecution and possible genocide in their home country, and most of whom have only minor criminal convictions; and who have received only a two-week reprieve from Judge Goldsmith in Detroit.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 06-23-2017 at 08:49 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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