A man who was denied asylum by the United States and deported back has been killed by a roadside bomb in Mogadishu.
Ahmed Salah had sought refuge, arguing that Mogadishu was not safe enough for him and his family, but the immigration judge declined his plea and ordered him back.
Unfortunately yesterday, he was killed in a roadside bomb, leaving behind a wife and two young children.
his friend Hassan Abdikarim tweeted
Ahmed Salah was one of the victims who died in today's attack in #Mogadishu. Ahmed was recently deported from USA. I met Ahmed in South Africa 7yrs ago bt immigrated to #USA during 2015 xnephobic attack in #SouthAfrica since thn he was in journey passed through 10 countrie... . pic.twitter.com/hm9tCAuqNd
- Hassan Abdullahi Aalim (@Hamaalin) March 28, 2019
His death adds to the worrying statistics in the recent weeks in which Al-Shabab militants have mounted targeted attacks killing and maiming hundreds of people.
President Donald Trump's reversal of long-standing immigration policies was bound to impact the Somalis, one of the largest African immigrant communities in the US. Over the last few years, Somalis in the US have become the microcosm of the debate surrounding immigration, refugee resettlement, and national security.
During the presidential elections, Trump also singled out Somalis multiple times, accusing them of coming from "dangerous territories," fraying social nets, and blamed faulty vetting processes for allowing a large number of Somalis to come to states like Minnesota, Maine, and Ohio.