Hearing takes place for first of 114 Iraqis facing deportation


PONTIAC, Mich. – The first hearing to re-open the criminal case of one of the 114 Iraqi detainees arrested last month took place Wednesday morning in the Oakland County Circuit Court.

Haydar Butris was convicted of selling marijuana in 1999 and received probation, according to his attorney. He was scheduled to meet with his probation officer June 12, but was arrested on the morning of the day prior as part of the massive immigration sweep across Metro Detroit.

According to Butris' attorney, Butris did not know the immigration consequences of his plea back in 1999 and is now facing a potential death sentence for something he received probation for.

A hearing Thursday could change the order to deport more than 100 Iraqi nationals in Metro Detroit. Butris' attorney argued that as long as Butris has the original conviction on his record, he could find himself still facing deportation in the future.

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