WASHINGTON ― The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action lawsuit to protect a group of more than 100 undocumented Iraqis, most of them Christians, who were arrested this past weekend after the Trump administration gave the green light for them to be deported back to Iraq.

The ACLU wants a district court in Michigan to hold a hearing on Friday where the detainees can describe their fears about what they could face in the war-torn nation, including torture, it said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

“Not only is it immoral to send people to a country where they are likely to be violently persecuted, it expressly violates United States and international law and treaties,” said Kary Moss, the executive director of the ACLU of Michigan.

“We are hoping that the courts will recognize the extreme danger that deportation to Iraq would pose for these individuals,” she added. “Our immigration policy shouldn’t amount to a death sentence for anyone.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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