“In recent weeks, dozens of Somali citizens were transported from their homes in the United States — many were living in Minnesota — to Louisiana in preparation for the flight. A few, with the help of lawyers, managed to secure stays of removal….”
More than a hundred Somali immigrants were taken from around the country to a detention facility in Louisiana to be flown back to Somalia – despite the ongoing civil war and the October bombing in Mogadishu that took more than 500 lives.
Despite the clear dangers in Somalia, this year has seen a record number of deportations. Many of those deported to Somalia this year were immigrants whose asylum claims were denied; others were U.S. permanent residents with criminal convictions.
At least five Minnesota men were among those scheduled for deportation. Three received temporary stays, and two were on the flight that was turned back. Those on the flight are still scheduled for deportation. Continue reading →