U.S. Judge Temporarily Halts Deportation Of Detained Iraqis

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The ACLU said the move “may very well have saved numerous people from abuse and possible death.”
By Nick Visser
A U.S. judge on Thursday halted the deportation of 114 Iraqi immigrants arrested in Michigan over the past few weeks, saying they could face persecution or torture if they were sent back to their home country. Continue reading

ISIS blows up historic mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says

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The Islamic State flag is seen atop the al-Hadba minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul in a March 2017 photo. The Iraqi military said the Islamic State blew up the mosque on June 21. (Khalid Al-Mousily/Reuters)
By Loveday Morris June 21 at 9:39 PM
IRBIL, IRAQ — For more than 800 years, the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri Continue reading

Deporting my Iraqi-Christian dad would be a death sentence. That’s why I’m praying for justice.

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Britanny Hamama
ICE agents pounded on our door at 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning as we were getting ready to go to Mass. The agents said that they were doing a house check. They then said that they just needed my dad to come in and be interviewed by the Iraqi consulate. They promised that he would be back the next day. The agents even told my mom to Continue reading

Syrian Christians still suffering, emigrating, nuncio reports

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The Christian population of Syria continues to experience “general and broad suffering,” the apostolic nuncio in that country told the AsiaNews service.
Cardinal Mario Zenari reported that while violence has tapered somewhat in the area around Damascus, heavy fighting continues in other parts of the country. “What is Continue reading

Deporting Iraqi Christians isn’t what Trump intended

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By John Moody
Immigration officers have arrested dozens of Iraqi Christians in Michigan. ICE says those arrested have criminal convictions including murder and rape
Franklin Graham denounced it in a tweet to President Trump, who is known to check his Twitter account now and again. Newspaper editorials have called it unjust. Still, unless Continue reading

Chaldean community pushes back on Iraqi deportations

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Eight-year-old Khloe Marogi, of West Bloomfield, Mich., wears a t-shirt with her detained father’s photo on it at a rally outside the Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building Friday, June 16, 2017, in Detroit to protest the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. (Tanya Moutzalias / AP) Continue reading

Evangelist Franklin Graham calls rounding up Iraqi Christians for deportation ‘very disturbing’

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By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Franklin Graham speaks to Madison, Wis. on June 15, 2016. (DeMoss Group)
Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham says he finds it “very disturbing” that immigration authorities have arrested many Iraqi Christians for possible deportation. President Trump promised earlier this year he would prioritize persecuted Christians, but many Continue reading

IRAQ: CHRISTIANS RETURNING HOME FACE MANY HURDLES

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World Watch Monitor
Three years since the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was taken by Islamic State militants, Iraqi government forces have been able to reclaim a large part of the city, allowing Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael Sako to visit several churches and monasteries. Continue reading