Iraqi Christians who voted for Donald Trump furious over deportation threat

Iraqi Christian group who voted for Donald Trump angered over deportation threat

Many of the Iraqi Christian group are said to have voted for Donald Trump

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

An Iraqi Christian group whose members mostly voted for Donald Trump in the presidential election has been angered after news that they could be deported.

The Chaldean Catholics of Detroit is made up of Iraqi Christians who are settled in the Michigan city. Many of them voted for Trump because during his campaign he said: "Our Christian heritage will be cherished, protected, defended like you've never seen before."

However 114 people from the Catholic group are now in detention camps after immigration authorities arrested them last month, according to CBS News.

Those arrested are supposed to be deported to Iraq as the federal government has claimed they pose a threat to the public, as they have committed crimes - even though most of the offences were non-violent.

Many members of the group had been threatened with deportation for several years, but had never actually been removed from the US due to the possibility of persecution in Iraq.

However, Iraq has agreed to accept those who are to be deported to ensure that it will not be a part of President's travel ban, which he announced earlier this year.

Community activist Wisam Naoum claimed: "There is a lot of anger in the community right now. You've got a community that's between 150,000 to 200,000 folks strong. They vote Republican and they came out strong for Mr. Trump."

He added: "We're just pawns in a larger game. They [Iraq] wanted to get off that ban list. They've got their priorities and we're not a priority."

Code Legal Aid and the American Civil Liberties Union have now filed a class action lawsuit against deportations of group members.

Yesterday (July 24) a Detroit federal judge indefinitely ruled that more than 1,400 Iraqis cannot be deported, citing the risk of physical harm.