Man deported to Mauritania after 17 years in U.S.

Virginia

On Wednesday an immigrant was deported from Dulles Airport after 17 years of cooperating with the Immigrations Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE. 

64-year-old Seyni Diagne has kidney cancer and Hepatitis B. Nearby advocacy groups fear for his life. 

After failing to meet the one-year deadline to file asylum, a low priority on the ICE watch list, Diagne was checking in monthly with the agency through orders of supervision.

Diagne fled his home country of Mauritania. According to Sanctuary DMV, a local group fighting for his return to the United States, tens of thousands of black Mauritanians like Diagne are enslaved. 

“Under this new administration, immigration enforcement has been ramped up and cruel and enforced in inhumane ways,” said Elizabeth Benson of the Herndon/Reston Indivisible Immigration Issues Committee, “I hope that we take very seriously, ‘What is our role,’ because we’re a part of this.”

Benson and others were at Dulles International Airport when Diagne was deported. After attempts to prevent the plane’s takeoff, Diagne was flown directly to Morocco through Royal Air Maroc.

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