In June 2017, the ACLU of Michigan, along with many co-counsel including IRAP, filed a class action bid to stay the deportations of hundreds of Iraqi nationals. ICE began arresting them under Iraq’s new agreement to accept repatriated nationals in exchange for being removed from the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning Iraqi nationals from the United States.
The clients in the case had lived in the United States for years as valuable members of their communities after receiving their final orders of deportation.
The court stayed the deportations to give affected Iraqis time to reopen their immigration cases, including to seek asylum on the basis that country conditions in Iraq have changed. Over 100 Iraqis benefitted from the decision before it was reversed on appeal.