Iraq Protest Leaves Hundreds Dead: Immigrants in America Worry about Deportation

Iraq protest brings fear to American Immigrants

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Government officials trying to calm the protesters down. SOURCE: Hassan Mneimneh

Danger is no secret when it comes to an uncontrolled country like Iraq. The country is known for its terrorism attacks, kidnapping, and active military conflict. Americans are warned to avoid traveling or consulting with government officials before visitation.

As of now, Iraq civilians are fed up with the conditions of the country and are currently protesting to get their needs heard. However, protests in Iraq are far from peaceful.

According to Al Jazeera English, an online news source says, “Security forces have responded to the crowds of mostly young men with astonishing brutality, firing live ammunition, water cannons and tear gas into crowds.”

Al Jazeera includes a tweet from Independent Journalist, Yousif Al-Hashimi, during a YouTube live stream, that explains the protesters actions.

However, violence is not the answer. Hundreds of protesters have been killed and thousands are left injured. The protest is one of the biggest Iraq has seen in decades.

While President Donald Trump and the U.S military are doing what they can to help the country, citizens and immigrants in America are worried about their families that are at risk of being deported.. In fact, many people from Iraq escape the violence by coming to the United States with their families even if it’s illegal.

Veronica Habbo, 27, knows all too well about the terrors of Iraq. Her family traveled from Baghdad, Iraq to United States well over fifty years ago.

Veronica worries about her family being deported back to Baghdad due to the state of being in Iraq. Although, she is a U.S citizen, many of her aunts and uncles are not. Just three years ago, Veronica and her family were forced into court to testify on behave of her Uncle Ramiz Habbo.

In 2006, Ramiz Habbo was charged for being in the United States illegally. U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement threaten to deport Ramiz, unless he can prove not guilty. Veronica and her family were devastated and they feared if their Uncle Ramiz was sent home to Iraq they would kill him.

Uncle Ramiz is currently in the process of receiving his green card to become legal in the U.S. Veronica says, “My family believe they are Americans, they have homes and businesses on American land. For many years they have lived the America way and are good people. They came to this country to be safe and it’s sad to see them scared to go outside because they worry about being sent back.”

Veronica, hopes to see changes in Iraq. She supports the protesters and look forward to her people getting what they deserve. In the future, Veronica Habbo, would like to visit without fear of being kidnapped or killed.

At this moment, Iraq is under curfew due to the anti-government protesters. Americans hope for an agreement between the protesters and their government. However, there is a warning advisory for all Americans that wish to travel to Iraq, to make note that the airports are completely secure but not beyond that point. Conditions are so severe that U.S Military could possibly be sent back to America.

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