A United States District Judge has halted the deportation of more than 90 Somali nationals — 60 of which are convicted criminals — back to Somalia following a lawsuit alleging abuse by federal immigration officials.
In a ruling this week, a District Judge stopped about 92 Somali nationals from being deported after a class-action lawsuit was filed claiming federal immigration officials mistreated the group of Somalis on a previous deportation effort that was never fully executed.
On Dec. 7, the group of Somali illegal aliens and convicted criminals were on their way to Somalia from Louisiana when they stopped in Dakar, Senegal, and eventually sat on the airport runway for 23 hours before beginning the trip back to the U.S., according to the lawsuit.
In the time waiting to be deported, the lawsuit alleges that immigration officials onboard the flight “kicked, struck, choked and dragged detainees” some of the Somali nationals, with another allegation saying some of the Somali nationals were put into straight-jackets.
Now, due to the District Judge’s ruling, the Somali nationals will not be deported anytime soon, as a hearing for the lawsuit is scheduled in the beginning of the new year.
President Trump’s administration has been wildly successful with deporting criminal illegal aliens, and specifically those from Somalia.
In a year-end report from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the Trump administration has greatly increased the number of Somali nationals deported from the U.S., with more than 520 illegal aliens from the country being deported just in Fiscal Year 2017.