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Indonesian deported despite church's efforts

March 20, 2012 6:02:49 PM PDT
An Indonesian immigrant who was a member of a community living in New Jersey for years under a special visa program has been deported.

The Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of The Reformed Church of Highland Park says Ferdy Warou was sent back to Indonesia on Monday.

Kaper-Dale has been advocating on behalf of Warou and a wider group of Indonesian Christian immigrants in three states.

They had been legal in the U.S. for years under a special agreement, but several now face deportation.

Church officials have been lobbying federal lawmakers to allow the Indonesians to stay.

Kaper-Dales says Warou faces religious persecution back home.

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency has exercised prosecutorial discretion in the Indonesian cases and each one is being decided individually.

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