Approximately 100 Africans illegally in America were deported back to Africa this week. The Africans, many of them asylum seekers from Cameroon, were flown from the Fort Worth, Texas, airport early in the evening of Tuesday, October 13, en route to Africa.
Leftist, pro-immigrant groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and immigration lawyers complained loudly of the removals to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without success.
The SPLC earlier had filed a formal complaint with DHS contending that eight of the Cameroonians being held in a Natchez, Mississippi, detention center had been abused, beaten, and forced to sign their deportation papers. The eight along with others being held in Louisiana, Georgia, and Ohio, were subsequently transferred to the Prairieland Detention Facility near Dallas, preparatory to their Tuesday deportation.
Cameroon, like many African countries, has been plagued in recent years by civil war and exploding population growth. Since 2016, roughly 10,000 Cameroonians have asked for asylum in the United States. Traditionally, they and other Africans would first come to South America, then trek north through the Darien Gap, Guatemala, and Mexico. Policies of the Trump administration have made this route difficult, however, as agreements have been reached requiring would-be asylees to ask for asylum in the first “safe third country” they found themselves in.
In response to this week’s lawyers’ protests, Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said:
Hundreds of millions of downtrodden people will get legal claims to migrate if the United States loosens asylum rules. There are limits to how many people we can take, and no one who is arguing for looser asylum rules ever puts forward any limiting principle.
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