The American Kafir

2012/04/07

Indonesian immigrants taking refuge in Highland Park church speak of religious persecution in home country

Source NJ.com

The Associated Press 

Indonesian immigrants taking refuge in Highland Park church speak of religious persecution in home country

Andrew Miller/For The Star-Ledger
Saul Timisela, 45, who has taken refuge from deportation at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, walks through one of the hallways of the church in March. Timisela is an Indonesian Christian who fears religious persecution if deported back to Indonesia, one of the world's largest Islamic countries.

HIGHLAND PARK — Indonesian immigrants being given sanctuary by a New Jersey church after being ordered deported are telling stories of the religious persecution that drove them out of their country.

They are speaking at an event today during a visit by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who has sponsored a bill to try and reopen their cases.

The New York Democrat is visiting The Reformed Church of Highland Park to urge passage of legislation that would give Indonesian Christians living and working in the U.S. under a special agreement the chance to reopen their asylum bids.

Maloney says the U.S. should uphold its tradition of supporting those fleeing religious persecution.A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the three men being given sanctuary in the church have final orders of deportation.

Related coverage:

Photos: Saul Timisela takes refuge at the Reformed Church of Highland Park

Indonesian immigrant avoids deportation, seeks refuge at Highland Park church

More than 80 N.J. Indonesian Christians receive temporary reprieve from deportation

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