Lawyers for Seacoast Indonesians Facing Deportation Ask Judge for More Time
Attorneys for a group of Indonesian immigrants facing deportation argued before a federal judge in Boston today for more time.
The group of 51 Indonesian Christians now living on New Hampshire's Seacoast fled religious persecution and overstayed their visas back in the 90s. Then, last summer, under a federal crackdown, immigration officials told them they had 30 days to leave.
Today, attorneys for the group asked the judge to extend a temporary halt to that deportation she ordered last September. They argue the group needs at least enough time to reopen their asylum requests.
Bill Hahn is one of attorneys representing the group.
“I would think that more time will be given, but how much I don’t know -- probably, at the outside, three months.”
A ruling from the judge is expected later this month.