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SHAHEEN: “The court’s actions today provide valuable time to continue making the case for why the Indonesian community should remain in New Hampshire”
(Washington, DC)—Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after Chief Judge Patti Saris of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts issued a one-month injunction that prevents the deportation of members of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community while the court reviews its jurisdiction to consider these cases:
“I’m tremendously relieved that the court has issued this injunction that delays deportation for members of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community,” said Shaheen.
“The court’s action today provides valuable time to continue making the case for why the Indonesian community should remain in New Hampshire. These individuals are our friends and neighbors. They’ve learned our language, found employment, raised their families and are integral members of their communities. It’s unconscionable that we would needlessly separate these families and put them in danger by sending them to a country where religious persecution is a very real threat. I continue to call on immigration officials to use their discretion to allow the Indonesian community to remain safe in New Hampshire.”
Senator Shaheen has called senior officials in the Trump administration on behalf of these individuals, including the Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell.