GOP governor sides with Indonesians facing deportation

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Posted: Dec 09, 2017 11:52 AM
GOP governor sides with Indonesians facing deportation

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — The Republican governor of New Hampshire has called his support for dozens of Indonesians facing deportation a humanitarian issue and that he was standing up for constituents who had been wronged.

After Democrats came out in support of the Indonesian immigrants, Christopher Sununu sent a letter in October to President Donald Trump asking that his administration reconsider the decision.

About 70 Indonesians, who had fled the country as far back as the 1990s because of religious persecution, had been allowed to remain in the state. But since Trump took office, they were told that they would have to return to Indonesia.

A federal court ruled in November that it has authority to take up their case and they are being allowed to stay for now.