There is an estimated 4,000 Somali migrants that are currently in the United States and are expected to be deported under President Donald Trump’s new administration’s backing of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).
These numbers were presented by Ahmed Isse Awad, Somalia’s Ambassador to the United States. he also stated that the majority of these immigrants are NOT being held in immigration detention centers. In the immediate future, there are at least 300 Somalis who will be deported.
This is a big jump from the meager 170 that were deported in the last 2 years of the Obama administration and the only reason those men were removed is because they committed crimes or were rejected for asylum. This number will be doubled by the Trump Administration in the next few months alone!
“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,” Awad told Voice of America. Over the course of the next few months, Awad said some 300 Somalis would be deported, saying he was waiting for information as to who those deportees would be.
The numbers released by the ambassador show a steep departure from the days of lax immigration enforcement under the Bush and Obama Administrations. Awad said that during Obama’s last two years in office, only 170 Somalis were deported for either committing crimes or having their asylum requests rejected.