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If Somalia is too dangerous for travel, why not for deportation?

January 12, 2018
Credit: MPR News

One of the countries President Trump presumably had in mind when he disparaged Africa is Somalia, a country that he has included in several iterations of his travel ban. Now his government is stepping up deportations to Somalia, even though Trump's own State Department says it's unsafe to travel there.

For Maxamed Adan, who lives in Minnesota with his wife and children, the prospect of being forced to return to Somalia is a frightening one.

"Conditions are really bad," he explained recently. "Religious groups are fighting there, al-Shabab." He said he has heard that al-Shabab, the militant group, recruits fighters among Somalis returning from the United States. "I have to fight for them, or they have to kill you," he said.

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