Im­mi­gra­tion ar­rests of dozens of Chaldeans prompt protest

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DETROIT | The ar­rest of dozens of Iraqi Chris­tians in southeastern Michi­gan by U.S. im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials has prompted a protest at a de­ten­tion cen­ter in Detroit.

Chaldean Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent Martin Manna told the Detroit Free Press that about 40 peo­ple have been ar­rested, mostly on Sun­day.

Chaldeans are among Iraqi Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions emerg­ing in the faith’s early days. Their pop­u­la­tion in Iraq has dwin­dled as hun­dreds of thou­sands flee war and vi­o­lence.

MLive.com re­ports roughly 100 peo­ple protested Sun­day at a Detroit de­ten­tion cen­ter, some ex­press­ing con­cern for the ar­restees’ safety.

U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment of­fi­cials said that Iraq re­cently agreed to ac­cept Iraqi na­tion­als sub­ject to re­moval from the U.S.

ICE says all of those ar­rested had crim­i­nal con­vic­tions and were or­dered de­ported by an im­mi­gra­tion judge.

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