DETROIT (WJBK) - A Detroit federal judge has extended an injunction 35 more days to keep more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from being deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that the deportation of 1,400 Iraqis nationwide will continue to be temporarily blocked. It was due to expire Monday under the previous order. Since late June, they have been detained in several states as they face deportation on the grounds of having a criminal record - even if they have served their time.
“The Court will conduct a status conference with counsel on Aug. 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. to assess what modifications, if any, are required to this Order, and to discuss further proceedings with this case,” Goldsmith wrote in Monday’s order.
Those at risk of deportation include ethnic Chaldean Catholics who fear persecution upon returning to Iraq, which was one of the reasons cited in Goldsmith's opinion.
"Their status as religious minorities place them at grave risk of torture and other forms of persecution at the hands of ISIS, other Sunni insurgencies and the various Shi'a militias," Goldsmith wrote, adding that their affiliation with the United States compounds their risk.
On Friday, the ACLU requested that Judge Mark Goldsmith extend the stay for the people facing deportation, while the Department of Justice argued that Goldsmith doesn't have the power to extend their stay, and this matter should be decided in immigration courts.
The ACLU also argued the detainees need more time to have their day in court before a decision is made to deport them.
Read the entire ruling below: