President Trump heard on a flight to Michigan for a speech Thursday about the resurgent auto industry that his administration is deporting hundreds of the state’s Iraqi Christians who face persecution abroad — many of whom voted for him in his narrow victory there in 2016.
By the time Air Force One landed in the battleground state, Mr. Trump had decided to take steps to allow the Chaldeans — Iraqi Catholics — to stay in the U.S.
“We have some Chaldeans that are working here,” the president told auto parts workers at a plant in Warren, Michigan. “And we talked about it long and hard on the flight in, and we’re going to make sure that we do everything we can to keep people who have been good to this country out of harm’s way. When I get back [to Washington] we’re going to give those who need it an extension to stay in our country.”