Levin Again Calls on ICE to Provide Information on Chaldeans and Other Iraqis Slated for Deportation

Jun 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09) today sent a letter reiterating previous requests to the Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) Detroit Field Office for information regarding the 114 Iraqi nationals ICE is preparing to deport, many of whom are Chaldean. Levin first requested the information from ICE in a phone conversation on June 12, 2017, and also in follow up email communications. 

For each individual, Levin asked ICE to provide details including current age, marital sates, number and age of children, legal status of spouse and children, crime that forms the basis of deportation, and when the individual was sentenced. ICE has stated publicly that the individuals slated for deportation represent a “very real public safety threat.”

“What I find deeply troubling is that at the same time your office has failed to respond to a Congressional inquiry it has engaged in media outreach to defend its action. In doing so, your office is providing specific information on the individuals in deportation and sweeping conclusions about those deported to the news media,” Levin wrote.  “Therefore, with this letter, I am reiterating my request that you provide fully and promptly the information that you possess.”

Earlier this week, Levin and other Michigan Members of Congress wrote Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly requesting that he provide an actual copy of the repatriation agreement with Iraq, and information on safety measures for the individuals, who face possible persecution and danger if deported to Iraq.

Levin will attend a rally later today to protest the deportation of the Iraqi American immigrants, to be held at the Patrick W. McNamara Federal Building in Detroit at 3 p.m.

A PDF of the letter is available here, and the full text is below:

Dear Director Adducci:

As you are aware there is tremendous concern in the Metro-Detroit community over the actions taken by your office last weekend to suddenly detain 114 Iraqi nationals, most of whom have lived in the U.S for many years if not decades, in preparation to deport them to a potentially life-threatening situation in Iraq.

As a Federal representative of many of the families impacted, I called the morning of Monday, June 12 and spoke to Mark Hamilton of your office.  I asked for information regarding the weekend raids.  I followed that phone conversation with an email requesting the following information on the individuals in detention.

Name

Case number

Date of Order of Deportation

Age

Gender

Age when arrived in US

Occupation

Whether married

Number and age of children

Legal status of spouse and children (i.e. US citizen, green card holder)

Crime that forms the basis for deportation

When sentenced and actual sentence received

If probation, any violations of probation

Any additional sentence for the violation

Status of check-ins with ICE

Extent of family in Iraq      

When last visited Iraq

Mr. Hamilton responded to that email with the following response:  “The Detroit office will respond to your specific question as soon as we are able to gather the information available to us.”

I still have not received a response from your office, or any of the requested information, which I believe is critical to my work representing these individuals, their families and the communities in which they live.

What I find deeply troubling is that at the same time your office has failed to respond to a Congressional inquiry it has engaged in media outreach to defend its action.  In doing so, your office is providing specific information on the individuals under deportation and sweeping conclusions about them to the news media.

Therefore, with this letter, I am reiterating my request that you provide fully and promptly the information that you possess.  Understanding that you may not have each item for each individual, or may not provide identifying information, please just indicate that and send what information you have available.

I understand that you may be carrying out orders from Washington, but this is not a reason for breaking long-standing protocols to work with Congressional offices on matters impacting their representative work.

Sincerely,
Sander Levin
Member of Congress

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