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Deportation of Iraqis by ICE draws protests

Some of those being deported are Christians who advocacy groups say face persecution in Iraq. (Source: WXYZ/CNN) Some of those being deported are Christians who advocacy groups say face persecution in Iraq. (Source: WXYZ/CNN)

DETROIT (WXYZ/CNN) - Protesters gathered outside the federal building in Detroit to rally against recent ICE raids. Immigration agents targeted more than 100 Iraqis for deportation, up to 40 of them are Christians. 

Advocacy groups say many are here legally and sending them back to Iraq could be a death sentence. That's because Christians are often persecuted in Iraq.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit on Thursday that claims it is illegal to deport the detainees without allowing them to show they could face torture or death in Iraq. ICE says that it targeted the detainees because they have histories of felony convictions. 

According to the ACLU, many of the detainees have not had run-ins with the law in years. ICE began arresting Iraqis last month after Iraq agreed to accept deportees in exchange for being removed from President Donald Trump's travel ban.

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