Obama administration all set to deport 15 Iraqi Christians from the U.S.
According to media reports, 27 Iraqi Christians who fled from anti-Christian violence in their own country and arrived in the U.S. seeking asylum were detained since last six months. Recently, an immigration judge ordered the deportation of 15 of these persecuted Christians.
ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack confirmed the deportation ruling for 15 out of 27 Iraqi Christians who were held for the past six months at an ICE detention centre in Otay Mesa, California. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced recently, that after the immigration judge ordered them to be deported; they are set to be deported in coming weeks.
Nonetheless, all 15 Christians are in ICE custody in the course of their deportation from the U.S. in the following weeks. In generally, as soon as deportees are granted a final removal order by the immigration judge, the ICE officials begin making their deportation arrangements.
These 27 Iraqi Christians have been in Otay for about six months while their immigration cases proceeded. These Chaldean Christians were detained by the U.S. immigration authorities after they tried to cross the border between U.S. and Mexico. Amid growing violence in Iraq, religious minorities including Christians are fleeing from their homeland seeking asylum elsewhere.
Iraq was home to about 1.5 million Christians during the regime of Saddam Hussein however, in 2003 after the U.S. invaded Iraq, al-Qaida launched an attack against the local Christians; bombing churches and kidnapping prominent Christian leaders. These anti-Christians attacks became fiercer after al-Qaida in Iraq developed into ISIS. After the advance of most inhumane terror group on the face of the earth, Iraq has been in effect emptied of its Christian population since then.