ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Two more Indonesian men who fled to the United States to flee religious persecution have been deported back to the country.
The two were among four who had been living in New Jersey since the 1990s, but were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after checking in with officials in Newark last month.
Rovani Wangko and Saul Timisela were deported this week. Arino Massie was deported last month, while another man had a request to stop his removal rejected Friday.
The men came to the U.S. on tourist visas, but remained after the visas expired. The Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, who’s led efforts to help the men, says they were denied after applying for asylum past a deadline.
He says their families were not warned the men were being deported.