In an interview with Voice of America, Somalia’s ambassador to the United States said that his embassy has learned the Trump administration planned to deport 4,000 Somali nationals in the country.
Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad said that these Somalians either have had run-ins with the law or have had their requests for asylum rejected.
We learned through immigration sources that the total number of the Somalis that are in the books of (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to be removed are close to 4,000,” Awad said in a Saturday interview with VOA’s Somali service. “Most of them are not in detention centers.”
The Somali nationals deported will be sent to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
So far, fewer than 300 are scheduled to be shipped back in the next few months. However, compare this with 170 Somalis who were sent back to Mogadishu under Obama since the U.S. Embassy reopened in the Somalian capital in November of 2015, according to Voice of America.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brendan Raedy told Newsweek that “while there has been an increase in removals to Somalia, I don’t think it would be accurate to attribute that to the presidential election.”
“As of April 1, 388 Somali nationals are being held in ICE detention, while a total of 4,801 Somali nationals have been given their final orders of removal; the vast majority of these are undetained,” Newsweek reported.
It’s clear that Barack Obama didn’t want to enforce our immigration laws, which is why there’s this kind of backlog. Sending back 170 people is proof that the administration did not view this as a major priority.
That’s one of the reasons the Democrats ended up losing in November. Hopefully the government has learned that refusing to enforce our laws for political reasons is not something voters find acceptable.