Iraqi Christians Marked for Death
WND reports: More than 100 Iraqi Christians were rounded up Sunday evening in federal raids in Michigan and will soon be deported back to their native land, where they face an uncertain fate in a country where Christians are marked for death in a genocide carried out by ISIS and other Islamic groups.
The raids were conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The ICE agents showed up without warning at the homes of Chaldean Christians and at a popular restaurant called Ishtar’s in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Those detained were mostly legal residents of the U.S., some having spent the majority of their lives here, but have had felonies on their records.
Hundreds of Chaldeans were out protesting Monday evening at 15 Mile and Ryan in Sterling Heights.
Nahren Anweya, who emigrated to the U.S. with her family as a young girl and is now in her early 30s, said up to 200 were rounded up Sunday, most of them Chaldean or Assyrian Christians.
Video taken of the raids showed distraught families screaming and weeping.
“So, as you can see from video the family members were very confused. They didn’t know what is going on, and their families were beside themselves,” she told WND.
One man, Wisam, whose family is afraid to give his full name, is 49 and has been living in the U.S. legally since age 11. He served less than a year in prison for an assault conviction when he got into a fight at a bar when in his early 20s. He punched a man who was harassing his girlfriend.
“Wisam has lived here in Sterling Heights almost his entire life and had actually gotten into a brawl in a bar – there were four men who were verbally harassing his girlfriend,” explained Anweya, a spokeswoman for the Chaldean community in Michigan. “Because he struck first, he was the one charged. He served his time, and he’s been a hard-working, productive member of society ever since, but he never applied for citizenship, that was his mistake, and he was one of the people who was picked up yesterday.”
Anweya said ICE will not let Wisam speak with his family.
Nahren Anweya’s family fled Iraq in 1989 after being decimated by Muslim community there.
Like many Iraqi Christians, Nahren Anweya’s family fled Iraq in 1989 after being decimated by the Muslim community there. More came after the fall of Saddam Hussein made life even more difficult for Christians.
“They have attorneys filing motions to release him, but the DHS is not going to respond to a motion,” she said. “We hope that they do, but this is heart wrenching, a devastating situation.”Read More