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.
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