On December 20, 2017, protesters once again gathered outside of the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in support of community members facing deportation. The majority of detainees were picked up in raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 11, 2017. Since the raids, detainees have been dispersed between facilities in Michigan and Ohio, with the majority in Ohio. Protesters gathered as Judge Mark Goldsmith was set to hear pending motions from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The hope for many families that day was that Judge Goldsmith would rule in their favor and allow the detainees to come home where they would be able to handle their individual cases. The hearing started at 10:00 a.m. and went on for several hours as Judge Goldsmith heard from the ACLU, CODE Legal Aid – who are serving as co-counsel to the ACLU – and the government’s attorney.
As of December 20, there has yet to be a written decision and one is not expected for another 24 to 48 hours. According to Margo Schlanger, an attorney representing the Iraqi Nationals cited in the class action lawsuit, the hearing went well and the they hope to hear from the court soon.
Without an end in sight, many protesters began to leave around 1:00 p.m., having been there since 9:30 a.m. Before leaving however, the protesters gathered to pray for a favorable decision.
How I Met God
Following his own encounter with Jesus, Delone Arabo was inspired to launch a website in which anyone could share their own encounters. All are encouraged to share their stories and see the many different encounters that others have experienced. Visit www.howimetgod.com to share your encounter.
Ordination of Rodney Abasso and Perrin Atisha
The sub diaconate ordination of Rodney Abasso and Perrin Atisha was held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Catholic Church in Warren on Sunday, December 10. Along with the sub diaconate ordination of Rodney and Perrin, was the lector ordination of Kevin and Marcus.
On December 12, Mary Teresa Kassab made her final vows to the Lord, officially becoming Sister Mary Teresa Kassab.