Immigration authorities in the United States deported 63 Nicaraguans on Wednesday, some of whom spent months in detention in the United States awaiting their return, the Nicaraguan Executive reported through official media.
The deportees arrived Wednesday at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, on a direct flight from the United States Immigration Service.
The 63 deportees were received by officials from the Ministry of the Family, Government, Health, National Police, and upon arrival received food and toiletries, according to official information.
In addition, money (for transportation) to travel to their places of origin.
About 20 percent of the total Nicaraguan population, estimated at 6.3 million, lives abroad, mainly in the United States and Costa Rica, and half of them are without residency papers, according to various sources.
Almost half of Nicaraguans were willing to leave their country, mainly for economic reasons, even before the sociopolitical crisis that has left hundreds of dead since April. The leading destinations are the United States, Costa Rica, Panama and Spain, according to surveys.
Some 20 deportees are missing
At least twenty Nicaraguans who left for the United States to flee from the persecution of the Ortega regime, after the repression of the citizen protests that began in April, were reported to have been deported in previous weeks. The Permanent Commission of Human Rights (CPDH) of Nicaragua, in Miami (Florida), maintains that they are missing, after their delivery to the Nicaraguan authorities.
The fear of the relatives of the deportees, according to the complaint published by the newspaper La Prensa, is that the Nicaraguan authorities transport the deportees to the prisons of El Chipote, to question them about their participation in the protests.