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ICE plane with 92 deportees plane back in US after crew issues


The plane intended to deport 92 Somalis never made it to its final destination, and now they have a second chance.

Mohammed, or Mo, Abdi, the former Owatonna  Community Service Officer, is in the U.S. tonight along with the other deportees.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is citing logistical issues with the flight crew.

According ICE the original plan was to take the 92 deportees from Louisiana to Mogadishu in Somalia, with a stop in Dakar, Senegal.

During that stop, the relief crew was unable to get sufficient crew rest due to "issues with their hotel in Dakar."

In a statement from ICE "Various logistical options were explored, and ultimately ICE decided to reschedule the mission to Somalia and return to the United States with all 92 detainees."

According to Kim Hunter, an immigration lawyer in Saint Paul, a lawyer has already filed an appeal for Abdi.

He was arrested by ICE last week, for what is being reported in the Owatonna People's Press as, an outstanding Immigration order from 2009.

Aside from that, he has had no troubles with the law, making this all the more challenging.

"So I think there has just been genuine surprise on behalf of many of these deportees and their families, when they have been checking in for a decade or more and doing everything they're supposed to do and then just suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them has been obviously pretty devastating,: Hunter said.

We originally heard about this story when Abdi's wife, Marissa, posted on Facebook looking for help.

Her biggest concern was his Christian faith.

Historically, Christians have been persecuted in Somalia, a majority Muslim country.

She says the other deportees have threatened to take his life as soon as the plane lands.    

According to Hunter, the plane is in Florida awaiting further instructions.

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