U.S. Put 92 Somalis on a Deportation Flight, Then Brought Them Back

Article CAIRCO note: 
From article: "The flight landed in the West African country of Senegal and, facing logistical problems, was rerouted back to the United States ..."
Article author: 
Jacey Fortin
Article publisher: 
New York Times
Article date: 
December 10, 2017
Article category: 
National News
Medium
Article Body: 

Ninety-two Somali citizens were flown out of the United States under orders of deportation on Thursday, but their plane never made it to Somalia. The flight landed in the West African country of Senegal and, facing logistical problems, was rerouted back to the United States ...

The 92 on the plane got only as far as Senegal’s capital, Dakar, according to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In an emailed statement on Friday, the agency said it was notified that a relief flight crew was “unable to get sufficient crew rest due to issues with their hotel in Dakar,” so the aircraft and detainees spent time parked at the airport there. It added that “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.” ...

The number of Somali people being deported from the United States has risen since 2014. During that fiscal year, 65 Somali citizens were removed from the United States. That number jumped to 120 the next year, and 198 the year after that.

In the fiscal year 2017, 521 Somali citizens were deported...


CAIRCO Research