Friday, May 12, 2017

Five Kenyans,67 Somalis deported from US land at Jomo Kenyatta airport

(The Star)- Five Kenyans are among 72 people who have been deported from the US over immigration issues.

The rest of the people are of Somali origin.

Police and immigration officials said a private plane carrying the 72 individuals landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this morning.

The deportations had been anticipated given the ongoing operations in the USA targeting illegal immigrants.

This is the second batch of immigrants to be deported from the US in five months

In January 2017 two Kenyans and 90 Somalis were deported from the US for immigration reasons.

US President Donald Trump halted the entire US refugee programme in an executive order and instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

But a US judge issued a stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees under the executive order.

The judge's stay prevents those "caught up" in the aftermath from being deported.

The court decision came as thousands protested at airports in several US states over Trump's clampdown on immigration.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the suit, estimated that between 100 and 200 people were being detained at airports or in transit.