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Appeals court hears arguments in Iraqi deportation case

kate wells
Michigan Radio

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that will affect the fates of hundreds of Iraqi nationals living in Michigan.

Scores of Iraqi nationals living in Metro Detroit were picked up as part of a nationwide sweep by federal immigration agents.

The ACLU claims many face persecution, torture or death if they are returned to Iraq because they are Christian.  

Last summer, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction to prevent their deportations.

The Trump Administration is appealing the injunction and a separate judge’s order prohibiting prolonged detention without a bond hearing.

The appeals court decision could affect some 1400 Iraqis with removal orders. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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