This is a very strange story this morning at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Thanks to reader Margaret for sending.
When the ICE plane touched down in Dakar, seems there was a problem getting a crew that had enough rest in order for the nearly 6,000 mile upcoming leg of the trip to continue from Dakar (Senegal) to Mogadishu in Somalia.
The mystery is intriguing, but the more important news here is that 92 Somalis were being deported from the US!
From the Star Tribune:
A plane with deportees to Somalia, including at least four from Minnesota, returned to the United States on Friday after a stop in Senegal that authorities said did not go according to plan.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that a flight with 92 deportees headed back after a refueling and pilot exchange stop in Dakar. As the plane landed in Dakar, ICE was notified that relief crew members were not able to get enough rest because of issues with their hotel, and the plane remained parked at the airport to allow the relief crew time to rest.
“Various logistical options were explored, and ultimately ICE decided to reschedule the mission to Somalia and return to the United States with all 92 detainees,” said the statement from the agency.
Local attorneys for several of the deportees on the flight said they were baffled by the turn of events — but hopeful the flight’s return might offer some of their clients a long-shot opening to block their deportations.
The number of Somalia natives the United States deports to their homeland has increased markedly in recent years, and the Trump administration this year removed that country from a list of nations deemed uncooperative on deportations.
The U.S. government has argued that conditions in the East African country have improved sufficiently to return people there. Advocates have pointed to a string of deadly terror attacks in Somalia as they insist the country remains unsafe.
Continue reading here and see that lawyers for the deportees are hoping this gives them another shot at a reprieve for their clients.
We have on many occasions reported that Somalis are traveling back and forth between Somalia and the US for pleasure trips, so we can assume that the country is safe enough.
See my post the other day in which I asked, does it ever end? Thirty-plus years since we have been ‘welcoming’ Somali refugees. Are they ever expected to get their country in order?