These are the faces of metro Detroiters facing deportation, and the pleas from family members to keep them in the United States.
“I know our government cannot be this heartless. They are breaking families when we are trying to build strong ones."
-Pam Jamil, wife
Jihan Asker, located in the middle of hte photograph. From her daughter Lexy: "PLEASE PLEASE don't take my mother away from me. I have nobody at home except her and it's been 3 days without her. I don't know what to do, I don't feel the same. I feel lost. I'm begging you to please not take my mother away from me."
Stephan Jamil and son
Jamil's daughter at the protest on June 21, 2017
Alen Hirmiz and his nieces
"My uncle doesn't remember anything from Iraq. Iraq is a foreign country to him. If he goes back that means we are sending him to get killed."
"The day they took him was his daughter’s birthday. His daughter spent her birthday crying. His kids miss their dad."
"Haydar is an amazing person. Yes, he made a mistake in 1998 and he’s lived his life everyday regretting that mistake. He hasn’t had any conflicts with the law since his first and only mistake 19 years ago."
Saad Nalu with his wife and stepdaughter. “Saad Nalu entered the United States legally when he was fifteen years old and attended high school in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He has lived in the United States for over forty-five years."
"He knows nothing of Iraq and doesn't even speak Arabic. Ben is an AMERICAN. His daughters need him. Please bring him home!” Photo shows Benjamin Rayes and two daughters.