June 2019

Congressional Delegation Comes Together for Iraqi Nationals

On Friday, May 3, members of the Oakland County Congressional Del­egation came together before the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Awards Gala at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield to introduce a bill intended to protect Iraqi nation­als at risk for deportation.

Introduced the following Tuesday, details for the bill were discussed at the press conference on May 3. The delegation included U.S. Represen­tatives Andy Levin, Elissa Slotkin, Brenda Lawrence, and Haley Steven. The delegation was also joined by Congressman John Moolenaar and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

The bill would protect Iraqi na­tionals at risk of deportation by defer­ring removal for two years for nation­als who were ordered removed from the country any time before the bill’s enactment, and who were living in the U.S. on or before January 1, 2014.

The bill would exclude deferral for those who are a threat to national secu­rity, have voluntarily chosen to return, or are subject to extradition. Under the bill, authorization and documenta­tion for employment purposes would be valid for the duration of the deferral to nationals who apply to the Depart­ment of Homeland Security (DHS).

DHS would also be prevented from detaining individuals protected by the deferral for the two year period.

The introduction of this bill comes after an unfavorable ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Ap­peals, who decided to not take a look at the Hamama v. Adducci class ac­tion lawsuit brought by the Ameri­can Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

This ruling prompted U.S. Rep­resentatives Andy Levin and John Moolenaar to pen a letter to DHS, requesting the deferment of the mass detention and deportation of Iraqi nationals. This letter of support was signed in support of those at risk by 23 other lawmakers.

Our Lady of the Fields Camp and Retreat Center

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Located in Brighton, Michigan, the 164 acres offers the feel of up north living surrounded by trees and with a serene waterfront.

The camp’s mission is to live the Gospel and to practice the Golden Rule. From this camp experience you have the opportunity to come to know the Lord more closely. You also, have a great opportunity to meet many new people and of course have fun.

Boys and girls camps are offered in addition to family camps. Additionally, the camp offers their camp grounds for everything from religious retreats to corporate gatherings. Many amenities are offered, including updated living quarters and a new ropes course.

Our Lady of the Fields Camp and Retreat Center will be hosting an open house on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to see what the camp and retreat center have to offer. Mass with Bishop Francis to follow.

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Willy Wonka Jr.

Several Chaldeans performed in the Off Broadway Production of the Spring Musical at St. Fabian Catholic School. This year was Willy Wonka Jr.

Selfies with the Bishop

Mariann Sarafa snaps a selfie with the beloved Bishop Ibrahim and her cousins Tammy Binno Jonna, Nesreen Binno Denha and Jeanine Binno Ammori at the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner.