Somali deportations resume after government gets U.S. recognition by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio March 6, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Somalia begins to stabilize, there is a downside for a small number of Somalis who have run afoul of the U.S. immigration system. For years, Somali immigrants whose deportations were ordered had nowhere to go. There was no functioning government in Somalia to accept them. In January, the United States recognized the government in Somalia for the first time in more than 20 years, and the U.S. has quietly resumed deportations to Somalia.  The two countries have not restored full diplomatic relations. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement did get enough cooperation last year to begin returning some detainees who have been convicted of serious crimes while in the United States. ICE officials declined to be interviewed for this story, but a spokesperson confirmed that 24 people have been deported from Minnesota and other states so far. To read the full article click here

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