More than 90 Somalis and Kenyans arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday after being deported from the United States, a Kenyan official said.
Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the deported included 90 Somali men and two Kenyan women, while adding he did not know why they had been deported.
A security officer at the airport said the Somalis were then flown to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, while the Kenyans were released.
Other officials termed the number higher as compared to past cases as they expressed fears the American authorities were toughening up on illegal immigrants there.
It came ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s expected signing of executive orders that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.
Analysts say it remains unclear if Trump has scrapped plans to undo the 2012 Obama executive order shielding from deportation nearly 800,000 people brought into the country illegally as children.
Trump promised during the election campaign to “terminate immediately” a program started by Obama to temporarily protect the young people from deportation and offer them two-year renewable work permits. Endit