By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Iraq prayer vigil held in El Cajon in July 2014. El Cajon is home to 40,000 or more Iraqi-Chaldean Christians as well as Kurds and other Iraqi religious minorities.
June 27, 2017 (San Diego ) – A federal judge yesterday issued a nationwide two-week ban on deportation of Iraqi-Americans back to Iraq. The ruling was prompted by a lawsuit on behalf of 114 Iraqis rounded up and detained in Detroit, mainly Christian Chaldeans, but the ban applies broadly to 1,400 Iraqis under deportation orders nationwide.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued the stay to give him time to determine whether his court has jurisdiction to weigh in on the detainees’ fears that deportation to Iraq could lead to death, torture or persecution, the Chicago Tribune reports. Goldsmith wrote, “Such harm far outweighs any interest that government may have in proceeding with the removals immediately.”