They report that ICE canceled a flight that would deport dozens of immigrants
After the battle of several civil organizations, the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would have stopped a flight to deport dozens of Africans.
According to the foreign affairs editor of The Guardian, Julian Borgercould have been one of the first decisions of the new Secretary of Homeland Security, Alexander Mayorkas, but that is not clear. The report was given with data from the organization Witness At The Border.
In several tweets, Borger stated that ICE had informed congressmen of the suspension of the flight, but did not indicate whether it was provisional or permanent.
This newspaper questioned a high-ranking congressman about the report, but his team could not confirm the information.
“ICE is telling members of Congress that this deportation flight to Africa, due to depart in a few minutes, has been cancelled”Borger wrote Wednesday around 4:00 p.m. Eastern. “It is not clear if it was canceled permanently.”
BREAKING: ICE is telling members of Congress this deportation flight to Africa, due to leave in a few minutes, has been CANCELLED.
Unclear if it has been permanently canceled and if this is new DHS sec @AliMayorkas stepping in to rein in ICE.
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) February 3, 2021
A coalition of immigrant defense activists has released affidavits from Cameroonian asylum seekers who allegedly “were tortured by being forced to approve their own deportations,” it posted. The Guardian.
“Asylum seekers described being forced to the ground and having their fingers tattooed and pressured about deportation papers they had refused to sign.”indicates the report.
The plane scheduled for Wednesday was carrying Cameroonians, Angolans, Congolese, among other Africans.
The President’s Government Joe Biden faces problems for the provisional suspension of deportations of 100 daysafter a battle in a Texas court that should be resolved next week.