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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 08:58 PM

Ice cancels deportation flight to Africa after claims of brutality

Source: The Guardian

Exclusive: Ice cancels deportation flight to Africa after claims of brutality

Ice agents allegedly forced asylum seekers to agree to expulsion
Flight was due to leave from Louisiana at 3pm on Wednesday


Julian Borger in Washington
Thu 4 Feb 2021 21.06 GMT

US immigration and customs enforcement (Ice) canceled a deportation flight to west Africa because of allegations of brutality by Ice agents in the treatment of the deportees, the agency has said in a statement.

The statement emailed to the Guardian and the cancellation of the deportation flight, so that would-be deportees can be interviewed as witnesses, marks a dramatic change in tone by the agency, which has hitherto deflected and denied earlier allegations of human rights abuses.

The change suggests that the newly confirmed secretary for homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, may have begun to exert control over what some critics have described as a rogue agency.

A plane carrying Cameroonian, Angolan and Congolese asylum seekers was due to take off from Alexandria, Louisiana, at 3pm on Wednesday but was canceled with minutes to spare.

Two days before the flight, a coalition of immigration advocacy groups published affidavits by Cameroonian detainees saying they had been assaulted by Ice officers and forced to put their fingerprints on documents authorising their own deportation to a country where they believed they risked prison, torture or extrajudicial killing.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/04/ice-cancels-deportation-flight-african-asylum-seekers-brutality

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Related: New claims of migrant abuse as Ice defies Biden to continue deportations (The Guardian)

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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 09:21 PM

1. ICE needs a thorough review. With a bunch of dismissals.

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