President Donald Trump has made a point of showcasing how many U.S. judges are ready and willing to snub federal law. One judge in Detroit did not disappoint the president.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith recently decided to release several Iraqi immigrants with criminal records. All of the immigrants were awaiting deportation when Judge Goldsmith’s ruling came down.
The rationale for the release was that all of the Iraqi citizens had been held in custody for six months, which means that they should have been granted a bond hearing.
Since no bond hearing was granted, they should have been released after thirty days of incarceration.
“Our legal tradition rejects warehousing human beings while their legal rights are being determined,” argued Judge Goldsmith in his written ruling.
In essence, the judicial system failed to do its job and now the American people are paying the price by having these illegal immigrants/criminals released back onto our streets.
This is not the first time that Judge Goldsmith has ruled in favor of illegal immigrants. Last year, he stopped the deportation of other Iraqi citizens by claiming that their status as Christians would put them in danger if they returned to their home country.
For the Trump administration, the planned deportation of the Iraqis is part of a wider mission to get foreign nationals to comply with U.S. immigration laws.
Previously, the U.S. did not threaten Iraqi immigrants with deportations back to Iraq. Under the Trump administration this is changing.
The Detroit area is home to a large Iraqi community, including Muslims and Christians. Currently there are 1,400 Iraqi immigrants in custody facing deportation orders. Almost all of these individuals are being deported because of criminal convictions.
In March, the U.S. government and the Iraqi government in Baghdad reached an agreement to allow for deportations of Iraqi citizens back to their home country.
Now that Iraq’s war against ISIS has come to a close, the argument that Iraqi criminals in the U.S. might face persecution back home has been weakened.
However, with people like Judge Goldsmith, the Trump administration’s immigration policies still face an up hill battle.
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