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Immigration court orders first bar of person from US on genocide grounds

[JURIST] A federal immigration appeals court in Virginia has ordered the deportation of a Rwandan for allegedly engaging in genocide, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reported Monday. Enos Irigaba Kagaba was arrested in 2001 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and charged with trying to enter the country without valid documents and misrepresenting his identity. Federal officials later found evidence that he had committed acts of genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994; they say this is the first time that a court has order someone barred from entering the US on genocide grounds.

Kagaba has filed a petition with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent his deportation. The ICE press release is here. AP has the more. BBC has background on the Rwandan genocide.

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