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ICE Keeps 92 Somalian Immigrants Shackled on a Plane for 46 Hours

ICE Keeps 92 Somalian Immigrants Shackled on a Plane for 46 Hours

Recent reports indicate that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents kept 92 Somalian immigrants chained to their seats in a plane for 46 hours, as it was attempting to deport them. In early December, the ICE-chartered flight left Louisiana and landed in Dakar, Senegal, where it remained on the tarmac for almost an entire day. Instead of proceeding to Mogadishu, however, ICE then turned the plane around and flew the 4,600 miles back to the U.S. During this experience, some immigrants claim, they were given very little food and water, received no prescribed medications, and had no access to a working bathroom. The immigrants were forced to either urinate in water bottles or, when there were no more water bottles, on themselves. The immigrants also recounted how the airplane’s air conditioning system was dysfunctional, which made it hard to breathe, and two immigrants claim that ICE agents hit them in their faces. Immigration advocates are comparing the experience to conditions on a slave ship. In response, ICE claims that all of these allegations are untrue. More specifically, they claim that the immigrants were provided food and water at regular intervals, that the plane’s air conditioning worked perfectly, and that the immigrants had access to working bathrooms at all times. This response is in stark contrast to the allegations of the Somalis, whom ICE claim were primarily criminals convicted of crimes such as rape, aggravated assault, and murder. The only claim that ICE did not deny was that the immigrants remained shackled during the time that they were on the plane. Immigration courts hear hundreds of deportation cases each day, where only a small fraction of immigrants have secured legal counsel. The evidence is uncontroverted that legal representation greatly improves your chances of success in deportation proceedings in immigration court. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you and advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding, no matter what the allegations may be. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Contact your California deportation defense lawyerstoday, and discover what we can do for you.

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