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Immigration arrests of dozens of Chaldeans prompt protest

DETROIT (AP) – The arrest of dozens of Chaldeans in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials has prompted a protest at a detention center in Detroit.

Martin Manna, an Iraqi-American Christian advocate who is president of the Chaldean Community Foundation, tells the Detroit Free Press about 40 people were arrested, mostly Sunday. He says family members of the Catholics with Iraqi roots who were arrested indicate most had criminal records and were awaiting deportation.

MLive.com reports nearly 100 people protested Sunday at a Detroit detention center.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement didn’t confirm details, but spokesman Khaalid Walls says in a statement the agency “regularly conducts targeted enforcement operations during which additional resources and personnel are dedicated to apprehending removable aliens.”

He says the focus is consistent with “routine, targeted arrests” by ICE.

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