Federal judge halts deportation of Iraqi nationals

A federal magistrate in Detroit has stopped the expulsion of 1,400 Iraqi nationals while their deportation orders are reviewed by the court system.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith halted the expulsions of the nationals, many of whom are Christians, after he asserted jurisdiction over the objection by the Justice Department in a 24 -page opinion Tuesday.

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The judge blocked the expulsions for two weeks on June 22 while he decided if he had the jurisdiction over the suit. The Justice Department has insisted that a U.S. District Court judge does not have jurisdiction in the immigration matter.

Many of the Iraqis fear torture or demise if they return to the country. The government tells “the member states national” face expulsion since they are committed crimes in the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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