• A number of undocumented immigrants of Kenyan origin have been incarcerated after they unsuccessfully applied to be included in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
  • Africa had 1,100 DACA applicants arrested with North America recording the highest number at 107,669, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Kenya has the second-highest number among African countries behind Nigeria with 209 incarcerated persons in USA.

Close to 200 undocumented Kenyans are currently locked up in United States.

According to Mwakilishi, a Kenyan US-based social media news aggregator, at least 182 undocumented Kenyans living in the US were among thousands of immigrants arrested while applying for legal status to avoid deportation and become eligible for work permits.

Exercise cages at the US Administrative Security Facility, or ADX Florence, in Florence, Colorado.
Exercise cages at the US Administrative Security Facility, or ADX Florence, in Florence, Colorado.
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The news site quotes the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the figure.

The release of this report reflects the agency’s ongoing focus on transparency. The report provides updated information on known arrests and apprehensions of DACA requestors. The data may include arrests that did not result in convictions or where the charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed,” said USCIS, which covered 78 countries across the globe.

Those arrested had unsuccessfully applied to be included in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme. DACA is a programme that allows immigrants brought in as children in the US, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred deportation.

The Kenyan US embassy
The Kenyan US embassy

A total of 118,371 foreigners were arrested, out of which 464 are of unknown descent. Mexico recorded the highest number of illegal immigrants arrested at 91,272, while Mali, New Zealand, and Taiwan had the least number at 21.

Africa had 1,100 DACA applicants arrested with North America recording the highest number at 107,669, while Oceania had the least number at 88.

Kenya has the second-highest number among African countries behind Nigeria with 209 incarcerated persons.