US deports dozens of Somalis after losing asylum case

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WASHINGTON, USA - At least 70 Somalis were on Friday deported from the US after failing in a lawsuit filed against the State Department of Immigration, in one of the most dramatic incidents which wrap up the unpopular administration of Donald Trump, who was overwhelmingly voted out in November as the US president.

President Donald Trump, who is set to handover to Joe Biden on Jan. 20, has been imposing strict immigration rules in the country, a move which made him unpopular amongst millions of refugees in the US, and among the Black Americans and the Latinos.

Trump's foreign policy has been also questioned several times, further raising questions against his suitability in office. Throughout his administration, he has been impeached twice by the House of Representatives, with the latest coming last week.

On Friday, the 70 Somalis, some who had lived in the US for over three decades, were bundled into an aircraft and ordered to go back home. Usually, those who face such a fate are not given humble time to collect their belongings and leave the country.

The plane carrying the Somalis left Louisiana Friday and set to land in Nairobi, Kenya according to the US media reports. The deportation came after their asylum case failed because they entered the US through Mexico, a country neighboring the US to the South.

President Trump had often accused Mexico of taking advantage of bilateral ties to violate cross border protocols. Due to this, the outgoing American president started building a wall along the US-Mexico border which raised resistance from a number of stakeholders.

In 2017, soon after Trump assumed office, around 275 Somalis were deported from the United States and brought back to their home country, where they previously fled the conflict. Somalia has been battling political and security instability for close to three decades.

There are many Somalis living as refugees across the world with most of their destinations being Kenya, Canada, the US, Britain, Norway, and even Australia.

The country is slowly coming back to life but persistent political squabbles and Al-Shabaab menace have made the dreams nearly impossible.

GAROWE ONLINE

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