Chaldeans ask US to block deportation of Iraqis, seek help from VP Pence
Chaldeans and elected officials in metro Detroit are asking the U.S. government to block the deportations of up to 1,000 Iraqi nationals. After a federal appeals court last week ruled against the Iraqis in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Iraqi-American Christians and their supporters in Congress and the Michigan Legislature are mobilizing to lobby the Department of Homeland Security to halt the removal of the Iraqis with criminal records. The decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals went into effect on Tuesday, which means many Iraqis could be deported at any time. Manna said he has been heartened by the bipartisan support from Michigan's congressional delegation. In addition to Levin and Moolenaar, other U.S. House representatives from Michigan who signed the letter to ICE are: Republican Reps. Justin Amash, Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga and Democrats Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence, Slotkin, Haley Stevens, and Rashida Tlaib.