More than 70 Somali citizens arrived in Mogadishu on Friday after being deported from the United States, a government official said.
Minister of Internal Security of Somalia, Abdirisak Omar Mohamed said this is the second time such people have arrived in the country as Washington launches crackdown on illegal immigrants following President Donald Trump’s executive order.
“We were aware of the arrival of 70 Somali citizens here and they arrived today.
“They had been in detention centers for two years in U.S after missing asylum,” Mohamed said.
“Somali embassy in U.S and U.S officials agreed to let these people back home, the embassy facilitated their travel documents and came here voluntarily,” he added.
More than 90 people including two Kenyans were deported in January from the U.S. on Jan 26.
The deportation came after President Trump’s executive order that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.
Analysts say it’s still unclear if President Trump has scrapped plans to undo the 2012 Obama executive order shielding from deportation of nearly 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children.
Trump promised on the campaign trail to “terminate immediately” a program started by Obama to temporarily protect the young people from deportation and offer them two-year renewable work permits.