I have tried to stay out of this new world of politics because it is no longer productive to have discussions with either Democrats or Republicans. It makes even less sense to try and figure out what is going on in the White House, let alone in the mind of our President. After reading this article, as a Chaldean American, I have to share my opinion.
Over the weekend, ICE arrested dozens of undocumented Chaldeans (Catholic Iraqis) in metro Detroit. Per the follow-up article, many of them had criminal backgrounds. Now they face deportation to Iraq. “As a result of recent negotiations between the U.S. and Iraq, Iraq has recently agreed to accept a number of Iraqi nationals subject to orders of removal,” said Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for the Michigan office of ICE (Immigration Customs and Enforcement).
The article goes on to say, “There are Chaldeans living in metro Detroit with unclear immigration statuses who came to U.S. decades ago. Some committed crimes when younger and have served time. Now, under President Donald Trump, the U.S. is cracking down and deporting them.”
Besides the obvious, this is a huge deal because the United States is deporting Catholics to a region where religious intolerance leads to death. Under ISIS, those who are not Muslim face three options: 1) Convert. 2) Pay a fine. 3) Die by the sword. The world has seen over and over how this plays out.
It is true that many broke the law by coming to this country illegally, but many did so to flee the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. It is true that some have committed crimes while they were here, but some have served their time. It is also true that some have committed violent crimes, but what does it say about our country if our solution is to deport them to hell on earth? These actions show America at its worst.
Like many actions of President Trump, the impulsive decision to round up and deport undocumented people will have repercussions that have not been contemplated. This tragedy is happening right in front of us and sadly the only thing I have done is write a blog post in protest.