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Travel Ban Deal Left 1,400 Iraqis in Deportation Limbo

  • Civil rights group asked a federal judge to let the group go
  • Judge in July blocked deportation of 1,400 Iraqis as too fast
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The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge in Detroit to force the Trump administration to release hundreds of Iraqis who’ve been detained by immigration authorities for almost five months while they fight deportation to a country where they might be tortured.

A judge said in July that about 1,400 Iraqis facing deportation couldn’t be returned en masse, a ruling that undermined a key element of a U.S.-Iraq accord under which the Iraqi government agreed to take them back. The deal was negotiated as a condition of dropping Iraq from a list of nations on President Donald Trump’s travel ban.