Franklin Graham: Arrests of Detroit Christians ‘Disturbing’
Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has said the arrests of hundreds of Chaldean Christians in Detroit and other cities nationwide is “very disturbing,” and urged President Donald Trump to consider their fate if deported back to Iraq.
“I find it very disturbing what I have read about Chaldean Christians being rounded up by U.S. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for possible deportation. I would encourage the president to have someone investigate these cases thoroughly,” Graham said on Facebook Friday.
“I understand a policy of deporting people who are here illegally and have broken the law. I don’t know all of the details, but I would encourage our president to give great consideration to the threat to lives of Christians in countries like Iraq.”
Christian leaders have been speaking out against the arrests carried out by immigration officials in Detroit last weekend, warning that the migrants face a “death sentence” if sent back to Iraq, where the Islamic State terror group has been committing genocide.
ICE claims that the vast majority of the 114 people arrested in Detroit have in the past carried out serious crimes, and represent a “very real public safety threat.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, a left-leaning legal group which has challenged conservatives on a variety of issues in the past, also stood up for the Christians, and filed a class action lawsuit Thursday to stop the deportations.
The ACLU of Michigan is representing five Christian petitioners and two Muslims, CNN has reported. The group is arguing that it’s illegal to deport the detainees without giving them the chance to prove they could face torture or death back in Iraq.
“Not only is it immoral to send people to a country where they are likely to be violently persecuted, it expressly violates United States and international law and treaties,” said Kary Moss, executive director for the ACLU of Michigan.
“We are hoping that the courts will recognize the extreme danger that deportation to Iraq would pose for these individuals. Our immigration policy shouldn’t amount to a death sentence for anyone.”
Source: Christian Post / STOYAN ZAIMOV