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The Trump Administration is deporting a growing number of Iraqi nationals who say they face likely persecution and death if returned to that country.

These Iraqis are part of a court case, Hamama v. Adducci, that challenged their planned deportations. Many have criminal records and standing deportation orders. But they say Iraq is too dangerous to return to.

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As President Trump ramps up his campaign, his deportation policy drew protests in Detroit this week. And a West Michigan congressman who called for impeachment proceedings against the president has faced a protest of his own.

Libertarian columnist Shikha Dalmia joined Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about those stories, and about Attorney General Dana Nessel's decision to dismiss all criminal charges from the Flint water crisis. 

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Protesters are back at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices in Detroit, trying to stop the potential deportation of more Iraqi nationals.

The U.S. has deported a small number of people back to Iraq after winning a court case on appeal late last year.

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Advocates for Iraqis in the U.S. who are facing deportation held a press conference on Saturday.

They're urging the federal government to let Iraqis with final orders of deportation appeal to an immigration judge.

They say deportation could be a death sentence, especially for Chaldean Christians.

Democratic Congressman Andy Levin is spearheading the effort.

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Updated 4:45 p.m. 12/20/18

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has thrown a last-minute monkey wrench into the ongoing legal battle by the ACLU and Miller Canfield to free Iraqis living in the U.S. who were rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the summer of 2017.