Five Kenyans were among a group of 72 Somalis deported back to their native home this month after breaking U.S. immigration laws, according to a report by Midnimo Information Center.
According to police and immigration officials, the group was transported via private plane to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Friday morning.
“They were deported over immigration issues including lacking papers. We had been informed of their planned arrival. The Somalis will proceed to Mogadishu while Kenyans will be processed here accordingly,” said an unnamed official in Kenya.
This is the second time that a group of mostly Somali illegal immigrants have been deported under President Trump’s administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The first group deportation involved 90 illegal immigrant Somalis and two illegal immigrants from Kenya.
During the Obama Administration, only 170 Somalis were deported in his last two years in office after having committed crimes or being rejected for asylum.
It’s been reported that Somalia’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ahmed Isse Awad, has stated that the Trump Administration is seeking to deport at least 4,000 Somailan illegals, but most of them are not being detained by ICE officials at this time.
Local news media reported that the deportees arrived back to the airport in handcuffs, and were returned due to various criminal offences, including drug trafficking, DUIs and sexual offences.
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