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92 Somalis On Deportation Flight Returns to U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put 92 Somalis on a deportation flight to Somalia but the airplane carrying the Somalis did not reach Somalia as planned. The plane instead landed at Dakar, Senegal due to logistical problems when the flight crew designated to carry on the flight to Somalia had issues with their readiness. The 92 Somalis were made to wait inside the parked airplane at the airport in Senegal. ICE Officials eventually decided to cancel the mission, re-route the airplane back to the U.S., and reschedule the deportation flight to a later date.
The 92 Somalis have been living in the U.S. illegally for at least a decade already with their families. Lawyers of the 92 Somali citizens have criticized ICE for pushing with the deportation despite the war, famine, and disease prevalent in Somalia ever since the collapse of the Somali central government in 1991. The lawyers cite the terrible peace and order situation in Somalia and argue that the return of the Somali citizens back to Somalia is not practical nor safe for the deportees. Last October, militant members of the Islamist terrorist group, Shabab, carried out a couple of truck explosions that rocked the capital city of Mogadishu killing hundreds of people.

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