Top Evangelical ethicist Russell Moore has joined the chorus of Christian leaders condemning the arrests of Iraqi Christians in the United States, who now face the threat of deportation.
“This is wrong, wrong, wrong. A death sentence for those we should be protecting,” Moore wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission was referring to the recent arrests of nearly 200 Iraqi nationals by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, many of them from the Chaldean Christian community.
ICE says that many of those it took under custody have in the past committed serious crimes in America, and by law could face deportation.
“As part of ICE’s efforts to process the backlog of these individuals, the agency recently arrested a number of Iraqi nationals, all of whom had criminal convictions for crimes including homicide, rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, drug trafficking, robbery, sex assault, weapons violations and other offenses,” the agency said last week.
As relatives of the 114 people arrested in Detroit earlier in June have pointed out, however, the offenses were committed in decades past, and since then the Christians have been living respectfully under the law.
In fact, many from the Chaldean community voted for President Donald Trump in the elections, as the Detroit Free Press reported on Sunday — a decision they now may regret.
One woman, Lina Denha, whose brother was arrested on June 11, said that authorities came into the family home and grabbed Haydar Butris in front of his children.
“He’s been here most of his life. He did a mistake. He paid for it. Now, he is a good father, has kids, a family. He works, pays taxes and everything. And you just come knock on the door, come out of nowhere and grab him? That’s not right,” Dehna said of her brother.
Dehna said that “we voted for Trump.”
“That’s what we get from him? … [former President Barack] Obama is better than him, 100 times,” she added.
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Stoyan Zaimov
Here's a letter from several of us asking govt to halt deportation of imperiled Iraqi Christians:https://t.co/dJHYX2dSDT
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) June 19, 2017