US deports Indonesian christians who fled persecution

ELIZABETH, N. J. – A Christian man who lives in the United States for 16 years after fleeing religious persecution in Indonesia has been deported back to the country, immigration officials said.

Arino Massie was deported to Indonesia on Thursday, after being held at the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey since last week, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Massie leaves behind his wife and a 13-year-old son, who is an AMERICAN citizen.

Massie was one of the four Indonesian Christian men who were stopped by the ICE cream after checking in with the officials in Newark. The other three men remain in detention. They escaped religious persecution in Indonesia in the 1990s.

About 50 supporters rallied outside the Elizabeth detention center on Thursday afternoon, but he had already been sent to Indonesia, reported .

The former Metuchen resident does not have a criminal record. He was ordered deported years ago, but allowed to stay in the country, as long as he checked in with immigration officials routinely.

Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of The Reformed Church of Highland Park, led Massie’s group of supporters. The gubernatorial candidate stressed Massie’s unique situation.

“There is no reason to send him away, he is absolutely not a criminal,” Kaper-Dale said. “These are family people who happen to final deportation orders.”

Under the Republican President, Donald Trump, the scope of which are subject to the deportation was widened. In many cases, even people who have no criminal record will no longer be allowed to stay in the US, Kaper-Dale.

“Our people got caught in that new dragnet,” he said.

The democrat in the USA. Rep. Frank Pallone sent a letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to ask them to the men to remain in the country. Pallone took the group to the original agreement with the immigration officials.

ICE spokesman Luis Martinez confirmed Massie’s deportation, but did not comment further on the case.

A court filing by Massey’s lawyer to seek permission to his client to remain in the United States was denied Thursday morning, Kaper-Dale said.

Massie is waving to US. a few hours later.


This story has been corrected to show that Massie was living in Metuchen, not that he was born there.



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