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Judge to rule on release of Iraqi detainees

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents making arrest in Dearborn.

A federal judge in Detroit has promised a ruling soon on whether roughly 300 Iraqi Christian detainees will be released while they wait for their immigration cases to be re-opened.

The detainees face deportation orders for crimes, often committed many years ago. They would like their cases re-considered because they say they face persecution if they are returned to Iraq.              

Miriam Aukerman is an ACLU attorney. She says the families are hoping for a Christmas gift.

“All they want for Christmas is for their father, their parent, to come home," she said. "Santa can’t bring them their parent back, but the Constitution is a lot more powerful than Santa Claus.”

The ACLU says it’s unconstitutional to hold the detainees indefinitely for immigration cases that could drag on for years. 

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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