DETROIT, Mich. (WKBN) – Dozens of Chaldean immigrants — Catholics from Iraq — were rounded up Monday and brought to the immigration deportation center in Detroit.
They’re reportedly bound on buses to the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.
In December, the prison let the City of Youngstown know they got a new contract and could house up to 600 detainees. That’s now becoming a reality.
The Sunday raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement came after the U.S. negotiated a deal with Iraq to take back Iraqi nationals convicted of crimes. Families watched as their loved ones were held against their will and loaded onto a bus.
Many have told Detroit news outlets that because they are Christians, they believe their loved ones will be executed if they are deported to Iraq.