Evangelist Franklin Graham is urging the White House to investigate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detaining undocumented Iraqi Christians in the U.S., calling the roundup of Chaldean Christians “very disturbing.”
Graham, who has been an outspoken supporter of Trump and his travel ban, is pleading with the president to consider the fates and safety of the Iraqis before allowing ICE officials to deport them back to the Middle East.
“I understand a policy of deporting people who are here illegally and have broken the law,” Graham continued. “I don’t know all of the details, but I would encourage our president to give great consideration to the threat to lives of Christians in countries like Iraq.
His plea comes after dozens of Iraqi nationals were swept up in immigration raids in Michigan and Tennessee last weekend and potentially thousands currently await deportation, which sparked a class-action lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) earlier this week.
He took to Facebook on Friday, writing that the roundup by ICE agents is “very disturbing” and encouraging Trump to assign someone to “investigate these cases thoroughly.”
Given the escalating tension in Iraq and slaughtering of several Iraqi Christians by ISIS, Graham argues that special consideration should be granted to the Chaldean refugees.
Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.
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