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Iraqi Christians in the US Face Deportation Again

Some Chaldean detainees lost their chance to fight to stay. But it’s still unclear if their home country will let them back.
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Iraqi Christians in the US Face Deportation Again
Image: Tanya Moutzalias / MLive Detroit via AP
Nahrain Hamama’s husband, who came to the US as a child refugee from Iraq in 1974, was detained in the 2017 raids and became the lead plaintiff in an ACLU class-action lawsuit seeking to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals.

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians detained in immigration raids are once again at risk of deportation after losing their chance to keep fighting their cases in court.

On Tuesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals closed the book on Hamama v. Adducci, a class-action lawsuit filed in June 2017 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of 1,400 Iraqi natives, including more than 100 Detroit-area Chaldean Christians, who were detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and told they would be repatriated to their home country.

After the raids two years ago, a district judge granted an injunction to protect the detainees, many of whom have lived in the US for decades, and let them present their cases in court. Last December, a Sixth Circuit panel overturned the protections, and this week the full court declined to hear further arguments, allowing the government to resume deportations as soon as next week, Michigan Radio reported.

The ACLU argued that sending the Christians back ...

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