Indonesian living in NJ church avoid deportation


Salon Staff
April 7, 2012 2:54AM (UTC)

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — Indonesian immigrants given sanctuary at a New Jersey church after being ordered to leave the U.S. are telling stories of religious persecution that drove them out of their country.

They spoke at an event Friday during a visit by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney. She is sponsoring a bill to allow them to apply for asylum.

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The New York Democrat visited The Reformed Church of Highland Park to urge passage of the bill that would apply to Indonesian Christians once living in the U.S. under a special agreement.

Maloney says the U.S. should uphold its tradition of supporting people fleeing religious persecution.

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the three men living at the church have all been given final orders of deportation.


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