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ICC Note:

A group of persecuted Christians from Indonesia came to the United States almost two decades ago trying to escape the threats they were experiencing in their land because of their faith.  Unfortunately, they overstayed their visas and now fear deportation under the new administration. Just eight years ago, the Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials initiated humanitarian efforts to work with persecuted Christians in order to help them stay in the United States. Current conditions in Indonesia make it very dangerous for these individuals to return, which shows how Christians continue to be an unprotected minority in Muslim dominated countries.

10/31/2017 United States (ACLU) – In 2009, the Boston Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office initiated a program called “Operation Indonesian Surrender,” which it characterized as “a humanitarian effort” meant to “bring folks out of the shadows” and send the message to Indonesian Christian community members that “we will work with you.” Eight years later, ICE is trying to deport all the participants.

The American Civil Liberties Union has joined a lawsuit to halt the deportation of more than 50 Indonesians, including 17 married couples with children who are U.S. citizens or have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status, some of whom have serious medical conditions. All of the families have lived in the United States for years and were known to ICE because of their participation in the program.

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