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BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys for Christian Indonesians living in New Hampshire are urging a federal judge to continue a hold on their deportation to give them enough time to fight their cases.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that a federal judge in Boston heard arguments Wednesday in the case of the Indonesians, who say they fear persecution if returned home.

The Indonesians are asking the judge to grant a preliminary injunction to allow them time to reopen their cases and argue that the conditions in their home country have changed.

The judge in November blocked their deportation until she could consider their request for a preliminary injunction.

An attorney for the U.S. Justice Department urged the judge to deny their request, saying the Indonesians should have already tried to reopen their cases.