Highland Park Church fights to keep refugees in U.S.

HIGHLAND PARK - The Reformed Church in Highland Park is attempting to keep a group of three Indonesian men from being deported.

The men say they fear they will face religious persecution if they are forced to return. The men say they are targets in Indonesia because they are Christians, a minority there.

All three men came to the U.S. on tourist visas at least 12 years ago. Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, says the men tried to get asylum, but the government said they applied too late.

For now, the men are sleeping in the church library and a Sunday school room. They know immigration officials could force them back to Indonesia at any point.

A bill before Congress called the Indonesian Family Protection Act would provide sanctuary to Indonesians who have family in the U.S. and fear religious persecution.

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