"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," Ahmed Isse Awad told VOA's Somali service Saturday. "Most of them are not in detention centers."
Since Somalia's embassy in Washington reopened in November 2015, the ambassador said, about 170 Somali immigrants who either ran afoul of U.S. law or had their asylum applications rejected have been deported to Mogadishu, the Somali capital.
Most of those previously deported had applied for but been denied political asylum in the U.S., he added. Another group of Somali applicants whose requests for asylum have been denied are now in detention centers or prisons, awaiting deportation.
ICE agents recently arrested 82 people from 26 nations during a five-day operation in and around the U.S. capital.
According to a statement from ICE, 68 of those detained March 26-30 had previous criminal convictions, for crimes including armed robbery, larceny and drug offenses. All but three were arrested in the state of Virginia.
U.S. immigration officials said eight of those arrested during ICE's end-of-March roundup had no known criminal records; they either had overstayed visitor visas or ignored final orders to leave the country.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. -George Orwell
Where are you guys getting it that all of them over stayed their visa? The article says that applies to just 8 of them.
They are ignoring that the vast majority are dangerous criminals because it makes defending these people seem like the nice thing to do and everyone else to be mean 'ol racists
Where are you getting this information from? The article mentions that only 170 people over a possible 2 year period were lawbreakers and those that over stayed their visa. Where are you getting it that the majority of them up for deportation are criminals? The only other figure is a vague mention of like 80 people around the capitol. It doesn't say who they were or the circumstances surrounding their deportations. Where is your information coming from?