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Iraqi Christians With Records Now Face Deportation Over Trump's Policy

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An Iraqi Christian woman prays with rosary beads during New Year's mass in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 10:24 AM

Iraqi Christians who supported President Donald Trump because of his campaign sympathies to their plight are now poised to get ensnared in his deportation policy, The New York Times reported.

The catch — they are "criminal aliens" in the eyes of Trump's government; people who lost their green card due to being convicted of a crime, The Times reported.

And while they were once secure in remaining in the U.S., their fortunes have turned for the worse because of two recent events:

  • Iraq recently agreed to take back convicted criminals in exchange for being removed from the list of Trump's banned countries.
  • Trump had to remove the exemption for Christians to be deported to prove his travel ban was not a Muslim ban.

And if a Michigan federal judge rules against them — he temporarily blocked deportation — then more than 200 Iraqi Christians — mostly from the suburbs of Detroit — will be deported back to Iraq, where they could face death due to rampant religious persecution at the hands of ISIS, something Trump tweeted about in January.

"The second they step foot out of the airport," after deportation to Iraq, "they're targets," Wisam Naoum, a lawyer turned community activist, told The Times.

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