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Somali youth deported After 22 Years in US

Recently the United States has had a fiery debate over immigration issues, generally centered around the southern border shared with Mexico.  However, this is not the only area of the world that ICE is cracking down on refugees and immigrants.  Plenty of people from Africa are being turned around, or even deported after many years spent in the United States in legal residency.

The story you are about to read was initially reported by Layla Mahmood, reporting for BBC.  It is about a Somali man (whose name has been redacted due to security concerns in the face of Al-Shabaab) who has spent most of his life in the United States and has now been deported back to Mogadishu, Somalia.  This man, named Ahmed for the purposes of this article, was taken through ten different detention centers throughout the United States before finally being returned to Somalia, a place he had lived only a portion of his childhood in.  His time in these centers can be characterized through plagues of tuberculosis and overall poor treatment, which may be an understatement. Read more