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92 Somalis being deported from the U.S. fly 5,000 miles to Africa before returning to Florida

December 10, 2017

Undocumented immigrants who were being deported to Somalia on Thursday made it to Senegal before they all returned on a flight back to the U.S., according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Somali citizens, some of whom had lived in the U.S. for decades, were transported to Louisiana from across the country ahead of their flight to eastern Africa, the New York Times reported.

When the plane landed in Dakar, Senegal, on the west coast of Africa, ICE "was notified that the relief crew was unable to get sufficient crew rest due to issues with their hotel in Dakar,” according to a statement issued by the agency.

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