Federal Judge Blocks Catholic Chaldeans’ Deportation to Iraq

By Peter Jesserer Smith
National Catholic Register

DETROIT — Catholic leaders and activists gained a major victory in the courts to stop the deportations of more than 100 Chaldean Catholics to Iraq, where genocide against their community has taken place.

On July 24, a federal judge in Detroit blocked the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals living in the U.S. — including several hundred Chaldo-Assyrian Christians, most of whom are Catholics — in order to allow them time to file new motions appealing the decision in immigration courts. U.S. district court Judge Mark Goldsmith acknowledged the threat of genocide and sectarian killing faced by Iraqis, stating that “those who might be subjected to grave harm and possible death are not cast out of this country before having their day in court.”


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