Sen. Lautenberg To Push Help For Indonesians

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Some Indonesian Christians facing deportation from the United States hope federal legislation will let them renew their bids for U.S. asylum.

The bills proposed by members of New Jersey's congressional delegation could help Indonesian immigrants who claim to have fled religious persecution by anti-Christian extremists in the majority Muslim nation.

The proposed legislation would not grant them amnesty, but would allow them to re-apply for asylum.

Nine Indonesians in New Jersey who have been issued recent deportation orders have taken refuge in The Reformed Church of Highland Park, where the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale has granted them sanctuary.

He says four of them have children who are U.S. citizens.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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