Last of 4 Indonesian men seeking asylum in NJ to be deported

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The last of four Indonesian men living in New Jersey who have been fighting to remain in the U.S. for the past three weeks is set to be deported Monday.

Oldy Manopo is expected to be sent back to Indonesia Monday morning.

Attorney Asma Warsi filed for a stay of removal for Manopo, but it didn't work in this case.

"He has a U.S. citizen grandchild who has very serious medical issues," Warsi said. "Anytime you have clients with family members with medical issues that's usually very persuasive to ICE."

Warsi added that Manopo has no criminal record or any issues with police.

John Tsoukaris, ICE field director in New Jersey, said a stay of removal is for "a select group of cases whose circumstances reflect compelling humanitarian factors."

Rovani Wangko and Saul Timisela were deported last week. Arino Massie was deported on May 19. The men were being held at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Elizabeth.

Several years ago, all four men had missed the deadline to file for asylum, but were granted a stay each year. However, now that President Donald Trump's administration is taking a harder line on immigration, ICE is no longer offering such consideration.

Family members said they are fearful about what will happen to the men upon their return to Indonesia.

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