5 Kenyans, 67 Somalis deported from US


Five Kenyans and 67 Somalis have been deported from the US as the country clamps down on immigration.

The group arrived atJomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday morning after being deported over “immigration issues”. This is the second batch of African immigrants to be removed from the US in five months after two Kenyans and 90 Somalis were deported in January.


‘Immigration issues’

A total of 72 Africans were deported from the US on Thursday, from various states across the country. Originally, 88 were expected to be on the plane but only 72 landed in Nairobi on Friday.

Officials aren’t providing a great deal of information about the operation, but “lacking papers” is suggested as one of the reasons for the group’s deportation.

“They were deported over immigration issues including lacking papers,” said one official, who wished to remain anonymous. “We had been informed of their planned arrival. The Somalis will proceed to Mogadishu while Kenyans will be processed here accordingly.”


Continued operations

The number of African’s being deported in operations appears to be on the rise, confirming the Trump administration’s intensified effort to remove illegal immigrants from the US. Some critics have accused the country of singling out Muslim immigrants, although officials deny such claims.

Last week, President Trump’s campaign website dropped the “preventing Muslim immigration” statement that featured on the site since December 2015.

Despite Trump’s aggressive rhetoric, deportations were steadily on the rise under the Obama administration. In fact, the former president ousted more immigrants from the US than any of his predecessors and there was little mention of this in the press.

Trump looks set to continue this trend after directives that make it easier to deport undocumented immigrants who “have been convicted of any criminal offence”. Which includes those who “have abused any programme related to receipt of public benefits”.


Featured image: By Staff of the President of the United States, Donald Trump – https://www.facebook.com/POTUS/videos/1235797579823013, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55528580

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.