Almost 30 Iraqi Christians driven out of their homes by ISIS are being detained for unknown reasons at the US border. This adds to the growing concerns that the Obama administration has been singling out Christians and prohibiting them into country.
Group calls for release of Chaldean refugees
Nearly 30 Iraqi Chaldean Christians who fled ISIS are being held at the Otay Detention Center.
By Tatiana Sanchez/San Diego Tribune
Clutching rosaries, posters reading “Don’t jail Christians,” and religious images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, members of San Diego’s Chaldean community Thursday sought to call attention to the plight of 27 Iraqi Christians being held at the Otay Detention Center.
The group of about 30 demonstrators assembled for an hourlong prayer service outside the detention center in support of the Christians, who were detained by immigration authorities after they attempted to cross the U.S. border from Mexico without documentation several months ago.
Iraqi Christians, also known as Chaldeans, have been fleeing escalating persecution in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group for about two years. The country’s Christian population has declined markedly since the Iraq War began in 2003.
The 27 immigrants who were detained are in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as their asylum cases proceed.
Family members and activists say they’ve been given little details as to why they’ve been detained for so long, despite being refugees from Middle East terror.
“We’re asking for answers and we’re asking for an explanation,” said Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the local Chaldean community and president of the Neighborhood Market Association.
“These aren’t people who just decided to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. These are people saying, ‘we have nowhere else to go.’”
Read more about the Christians being detained at the US border at the San Diego Tribune