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Michigan Parole Board To Review Nine Iraqi Pardon Requests


The Michigan Parole Board has agreed to conduct a full-but-speedy review of pardon requests from Iraqi nationals threatened with deportation. 

The board agreed to review nine of nearly 70 requests that have been received since federal immigration authorities began detaining Iraqis with criminal records.  Most of the offenses were years ago.  

Governor Rick Snyder asked the parole board to move quickly after a federal judge delayed deportations.  

Ari Adler is the governor’s communications director. 

“We felt it was a logical step to at least have an investigation done by the parole board, as we would with other requests that come in, and now we are waiting to see what the result is going to be.”

Many Iraqi Christians, in particular, say they face persecution, torture, even murder if they’re returned.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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