Siblings from clockwise, Meryana Butris, 9, Lilly Butris, 12, and Eli Butris, 3, at their home on Monday, June 12, 2017 in Sterling Heights.Their father Joe Butris was picked up by ICE and detained on Sunday, June 11, 2017. "That question was asked by many Iraqi-Americans in metro Detroit on Monday a day after federal immigration agents conducted one of the biggest roundups of Iraqi immigrants in recent memory. " asks Eli, 3, as he talks on the phone with his father, Haydar Boutris, 38, who is in an immigration detention facility in Youngstown, Ohio.
"The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology -- all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government ... The AP identified 100 flights in 11 states over a 30-day period this spring connected to FBI surveillance.
Like many of the others detained, he was a legal immigrant.
Daher Al-Mayhi, 50, of Dearborn Heights, attends protest on July 12, 2017, on 15 Mile and Ryan Rd., against ICE detentions of Iraqi immigrants.
Metro Detroit Iraqi-American Christian leaders have criticized Sunday's deportation raids as overzealous. She recalls the federal agents at her home putting her dad in handcuffs."It's not fair," she said. On Sunday, family members of many of the detained waited outside the Detroit ICE offices at Jefferson Avenue and Mt. Late Sunday night, some of their frustrations erupted as a crowd of Iraqi Americans attempted to block buses transporting the detainees to the Ohio detention facility.
But Walls said: "Each of these individuals received full and fair immigration proceedings, after which a federal immigration judge found them ineligible for any form of relief under U. law and ordered them removed."They were taken to a detention facility in Youngstown, where Butris made his call. Videos posted to social media show them chanting "Let our people out" as they appear to stand in front of a bus.