In Summary

  • Ms Njogu argued that a person can only be deported on the strength of an order issued by an immigration judge.
  • Kenyan lawyer Prof Makau Mutua said individuals with outstanding deportation orders or criminal histories are more likely to be deported.

DELAWARE

Kenyans living in the US have been urged not to panic over reports of the deportation of 90 Somali nationals and two Kenyans.

US-based immigration lawyer Regina Njogu said laws on immigration have not changed even with the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

“Under the current law, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not just grab people and deport them within two or so days.

"Every person subject to deportation is entitled to due process under the US Constitution, which means he or she must be brought before an immigration judge for proceedings,” she said.

Ms Njogu argued that a person can only be deported on the strength of an order issued by an immigration judge.

She said on average, immigration proceedings take six years to conclude.

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