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Circuit Court: Aclu Attorneys and Immigration Violations

circuit court: American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt told the panel that U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit last year was faced with the nightmare scenario of signing people's death warrants, according to The Chronicle Herald. Many of the 1,400 Iraqis nationwide slated for deportation for immigration violations are Christians or members of other minority groups that ACLU attorneys say would be persecuted if returned. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Cincinnati heard arguments on the federal government's request to lift a judge's order blocking the deportations. Iraqis have fled persecution under Saddam Hussein, during the Iraq War and the subsequent rise of the Islamic State group. Unlike other groups such as Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, many minorities do not have militias to protect them. Although Iraqi forces finally routed the Islamic State group last year, minorities remain vulnerable to persecution and discrimination. ( As reported in the news.