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Somali Deportees From US Exposed to "Slave Ship Conditions"

December 20, 2017

Per testimonies, some people aboard were physically abused by ICE officials.  

92 Somali nationals who were deported from the United States earlier this month are suing the Trump administration over "slave ship conditions" on the plane back home. They were denied access to food, water and bathrooms for nearly two days while on the plane.

The lawsuit filed by four U.S. immigration groups, including Americans for Immigrant Justice and the Immigration Clinic at the University of Miami, states the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, "subjected (the petitioners) to inhumane conditions and egregious abuse during a failed attempt to deport them by plane to Somalia on December 7, 2017.

The men and women "sat bound and shackled" on an ICE-chartered plane that took off from Louisiana which was Somalia bound, but only made it as far as Dakar, Senegal where it sat for 23 hours. The flight lasted over 40 hours. The passengers are currently being held in a detention center outside Miami as their lawyers prepare to halt another attempt to deport them.

"When the plane’s toilets overfilled with human waste, some of the detainees were left to urinate into bottles or on themselves," according to the lawsuit. "ICE agents wrapped some who protested, or just stood up to ask a question, in full-body restraints. ICE agents kicked, struck, or dragged detainees down the aisle of the plane, and subjected some to verbal abuse and threats."  

"I think it's reflective of the Trump Administration's overall crackdown on immigration as well as reflective of their attitude towards Somalia and towards Muslims," Kim Hunter, an attorney representing two plaintiffs, told the Guardian.

Read full article at: telesurtv.net