Omar criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Saturday over the agency’s deportation of illegal immigrants back to Somalia, citing coronavirus fears as a reason to halt the deportations.
Washington Examiner “ICE is set to deport dozens of individuals from my district to Somalia, risking the spread of COVID,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted. “ICE’s actions will not only put these individuals at risk, but could have far-reaching consequences for Somalia. This week, I sent a letter to ICE to get answers.”
Here’s your answer, Omar: ICE Deports Dozens Of Somali Muslim Nationals Convicted Of Rape, Murder, Other Charges
At a Donald Trump campaign rally speech in Bemidji, Minnesota on September 18th, Trump said:
How the hell did she (Ilhan Omar) win the election? How did she win? It’s unbelievable. Every family in Minnesota needs to know about sleepy Joe Biden’s extreme plan to flood your state with an influx of Muslim refugees from Somalia, from other places all over the planet. Well, that’s what’s happened, and you like Omar a lot, don’t you? Biden has promised a 700% increase in the manifesto with Bernie, right? A 700% increase in the importation of Muslim refugees from the most dangerous places in the world, including Yemen, Syria, and Somalia. Congratulations, Minnesota. A 700% increase. Good luck, Minnesota. Enjoy yourselves,
My administration’s keeping terrorists, extremists, and criminals the hell out of our country. We don’t want them. We don’t want them. We’ve got enough of them. We’ve got enough of them. Just today, we deported, as you know very well, dozens of Somali Muslim nationals charged or convicted with very grave crimes, including rape, assault, robbery, terrorism, and murder, of course.
Omar, who has demanded as recently as this week that ICE be abolished, was born in Somalia and became the first Somali-American member of Congress when she was sworn in to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2019.
In March, Omar joined 14 Democrats calling for ICE to halt all deportations, claiming that the coronavirus made it too dangerous to both hold illegal immigrants in detention centers and deport them to other countries.
“For detainees who are immunocompromised or otherwise susceptible to the worst consequences of contracting COVID-19, holding them in detention may be literally a matter of life and death,” the Democrats said in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security about the spread of the coronavirus in ICE detention centers.
The letter added, “Deporting people who may have been exposed to coronavirus to either countries that have few or no cases or to countries with weak health care infrastructure is an unacceptable risk to take. Many countries, including the United States, are implementing strict border controls during this pandemic, and we should make no exception for ICE Air and deportations.”