Immigration & Labor

Fate of Deportees in Liberia

ICE's Secure Communities initiative claims to deport only serious felons, but even asylum applicants get caught up in its net — and face dire consequences once sent back to their home countries. In Liberia, it can mean serious prison time.
Immigration office in Liberia | Credit: COURTESY OF ABDULAI BAH

Moriba Kamara, a citizen of Liberia, came to the United States in 2007 seeking asylum. It was denied, and he was deported by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and then jailed by the Liberian government on his arrival in Monrovia. After months in jail with no charges brought against him and no access to a judge or attorney, an NGO helped free him. Now Moriba struggles to eke out a living.

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About the reporter

Deepa Fernandes

Deepa Fernandes

Deepa Fernandes is a journalist who has covered guerrilla insurgencies, natural disasters and political coups in countries from Haiti to East Timor.


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