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Plane With 92 Deported Somalis Returns to U.S After Anti-Trump Protest Erupted in Mogadishu

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Ninety-two undocumented immigrants who were en route to Somalia after being deported on Thursday from the U.S were rerouted back to America after their journey hit logistical problems.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released statement Saturday, saying relief flight crew members were “unable to get sufficient rest due to issues with their hotel in Dakar, Senegal.”

“The aircraft, including the detainees and crew on board, remained parked at the airport to allow the relief crew time to rest,” ICE said in its statement. “During this time, the aircraft maintained power and air conditioning, and was stocked with sufficient food and water. Various logistical options were explored, and ultimately ICE decided to reschedule the mission to Somalia and return to the United States with all 92 detainees. No further details are available at this time.”

Those on the flight have now been booked into detention centers after the plane landed in Miami on Friday,

Sources in Mogadishu said, the U.S officials contacted immigration department officers in Mogadishu about the flight but later decided to cancel the flight due to ongoing demonstration against the U.S President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem. The protest attracted several hundred who marched in Mogadishu streets and chanted “Down, Trump”.
“The U.S guys saw that is was not safe for the flight crew and the immigration officials traveling on the plane to land in Mogadishu.” the source told Somali Update Online.

Sengalese officials refused yesterday to accept aircraft carrying some of the thousands of west African migrants who reached the Canary Islands and whom Spain was trying to deport.

Spanish officials said the attempt to deport 100 migrants had failed because of technical problems at the airport in Saint Louis, Senegal, where the aircraft was due to land. They said a second attempt would be made.

Senegal years ago suspended repatriation flights after returnees said Spain  handcuffed them during the flight, something which Spanish police denied. The Sengalese officials refused to accept aircraft carrying some of the thousands of west African migrants who reached the Canary Islands and whom Spain was trying to deport.

Spanish officials said the attempt to deport 100 migrants had failed because of technical problems at the airport in Saint Louis,  Senegal, where the aircraft was due to land.

 

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