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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. 

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