Indonesia Christians Facing Deportation from US Could Face Persecution if Sent Home

A group of Indonesian Christians who fled persecution and found refuge in the U.S. 20 years ago now face deportation and the federal judge hearing their case said it reminds her of Jews who were denied asylum when they were trying to escape the Nazis before World War Two.

On May 13, 1939, a ship sailing from Germany to Cuba carrying 937 passengers, almost all of them Jewish, was turned away by the U.S. government. Hundreds of them were later killed in the Holocaust.

“We’re not going to be that country,” Judge Patti B. Saris said Wednesday at a hearing in a US District Court in Boston. “We don’t want to put them on the ship unless someone” can review their contention that deportation back to Indonesia is “a really bad situation for them” cited the Boston Globe.

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