This is a resource page for Iraqi nationals facing removal, their families, and attorneys who want to be part of the national effort to help them.

As part of the negotiations leading to Iraq’s omission from the Trump administration’s second travel ban Executive Order, Iraq agreed to repatriation of a large number of Iraqi nationals from the United States. At least two hundred people in this situation have already been arrested by ICE, beginning June 11. There are at least another 1,200 more who have not yet been arrested but have final orders of removal.

It is imperative that all Iraqi nationals with final orders of removal receive representation in immigration court and get individualized advice about their eligibility for immigration relief, based on current law and country conditions.

In a federal case in Detroit, Hamama v. Adducci, 2:17-cv-11910 (E.D. Mich.), on July 24, 2017, Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction against the removal of any Iraqi nationals in the United States with final orders of removal as of June 24, 2017, and who have been or will be detained for removal by ICE, in order to allow time for such individuals to seek relief from removal by filing Motions to Reopen in their individual cases.

The stay gives each individual 90 days to file a Motion to Reopen. The 90 days starts when the government produces that individual’s A-File and Record of Proceedings. The stay lasts through appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the filing of a Petition for Review with the Court of Appeals. The stay terminates if an individual fails to file the Motion to Reopen within 90 days of receiving the files, fails to file timely appeals, or has a motion for a stay denied by the United States Court of Appeals.

The government must provide A-files and Records of Proceedings to attorneys of record by November 6, 2017 for any class member who has filed a Motion to Reopen, and by November 27, 2017 for everyone else.

Judge Goldsmith’s decision does not substitute for individual immigration relief—individuals still must separately file for relief in their own cases.

Please spread the word and send more people to this page.

For Iraqi nationals facing removal and their families:

  • Please review this packet of information and forms for Iraqi nationals who are in ICE detention and who are covered by the court orders in the Hamama case. A Know Your Rights document is also available.
  • Please use this form to tell ICE who should receive your immigration files.
  • Please fill out this form to help us coordinate representation.

For attorneys willing to help resist removal efforts or those already working on cases:

  • Please fill out this form. If you’re already working on some of these cases, fill out the form and explain that, too; we’ll make sure to keep you updated on developments.
  • Please review the following letters to lawyers, which includes further details on the case: October 3, 2017 letter; November 13, 2017 letter
  • Click here to view a webinar on the Hamama litigation. The webinar involves three slideshows: one on the litigation, one on representing detained non-citizens, and one detailing law options.
  • Below is an embedded document with information for immigration counsel regarding Iraqi deportations; here is a link for a full-screen version.

Suggestions, corrections, or information? Please email us (iraqihelp {at} refugeerights.org).