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Detroit Judge Stops Deportation of More Than 100 Iraqi Christians
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith Thursday halted their deportation for 14 days while he decides if his court has jurisdiction to hear their plight.
The Justice Department said the detainees must go to immigration court to try to remain in the U.S., not U.S. District Court.
Most of the 114 Iraqis are Chaldean Christians, but some are Shiite Muslims and converts to Christianity. They were arrested about June 11 and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said all have criminal convictions.
The American Civil Liberties Union says they fear torture or death in Iraq, which agreed to accept them.