December 19, 2017 06:42 PM
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Ninety-two Somali detainees on a deportation flight to Somalia are suing U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security for "inhumane conditions and egregious abuse."
The group was just hours from being deported to Somalia for the second time Tuesday afternoon.
ICE had begun to deport the detainees to Somalia on Dec. 7, but the flight never made it its destination after a stop-over in Dakar, Senegal. ICE cited logistical issues at the time.
Attorneys have now filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the detainees.
The suit alleges:
When reached for comment, an ICE spokesperson said in a statement that the agency does not comment on active litigation, but that should not be read as an admission to any of the charges.
"As a matter of policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not comment on pending litigation," the statement read. "However, lack of comment should not be construed as agreement with or stipulation to any of the allegations. As part of the Department of Homeland Security's homeland security mission, our trained law enforcement professionals adhere to the Department's mission and values, and uphold our laws while continuing to provide the nation with safety and security."
Updated: December 19, 2017 06:42 PM
Created: December 19, 2017 02:01 PM
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