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Judge Mark Goldsmith

Eastern Michigan U.S. District Court

Mark A. Goldsmith was born in August 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Goldsmith entered into the private practice of law as a litigation associate.

In 2004, he became a circuit court judge in Oakland County, Michigan.

He was nominated by President Barack Obama to a seat on the federal district court. He was confirmed by the Senate in an 89-0 vote, and received his commission in June 2010.

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About 130 Iraqi Christians detained last year and slated for deportation will be back home with their Michigan families for Christmas. Many of them are members of the Chaldean Church, and were taken into custody during ICE raids in 2017. They face persecution if returned to their homeland, where the small Christian community was nearly wiped out by ISIS.

Judge Mark Goldsmith of the Eastern Michigan U.S. District Court previously halted deportations based on a nationwide preliminary injunction. About half of the detainees were released on bond, and the rest will be eligible to return home under the latest order.

“The law is clear that the Federal Government cannot indefinitely detain foreign nationals while it seeks to repatriate them, when there is no significant likelihood of repatriation in the reasonably foreseeable future,” the court said.

About 121,000 Chaldean Christians live in Michigan, making it the faith tradition’s largest concentration of members outside of Iraq.