Bissap Baobab Owner Arrested in Trump Crackdown on Legal Immigrants
The man who founded the Mission District cult-hit Senegalese restaurant Bissap Baobab is the latest victim of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ war on legal immigrants who already have their citizenship. Bissap Baobab owner Marco Senghor has announced he was arrested and charged with “Procurement of Citizenship for a Person Not Entitled to Citizenship” as the Trump administration ramps up its battle against immigrants who are here legally and are U.S. citizens.
Dear Friends of Bissap Baobab – I must share with you the difficult news that two weeks ago I was arrested and…
Senghor announced the news Tuesday in the above Facebook post, saying “I was arrested and charged with illegally obtaining my citizenship in this country. I am going to plead not guilty and fight these charges. I’ve hired a top defense attorney to represent me and I look forward to my day in court.” Senghor is not commenting further, but we’ve reached out to his attorney and will update you with any updates or developments.
“I will be setting up a special account to receive donations for my defense,“ he also wrote. That account is not yet online, but there is a Change.org petition demanding that Senghor’s charges be dropped.
This is terrible. The owner of the Senegalese restaurant from that they meet at at the end of the movie is being attacked by immigration authorities. He's been a vibrant part of our community for at least 30 years. Probably more. https://t.co/cBfbM4gZOz
— Boots Riley (@BootsRiley) August 15, 2018
This is Trump’s new battlefront against immigrants — digging up bullshit charges on immigrants who already have their citizenship. The Associated Press reported in June that “The U.S. government agency that oversees immigration applications is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans who are suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them of it.”
Senghor paid more than a million bucks for that 19th and Mission Street spot, and he’s been an economically productive member of the of the San Franmcisco community for decades. We’ll keep you posted on his fundraising and defense efforts, but for now, the best thing we can do is eat, drink and dance at Bissap Baobab and Little Baobab, which are open Tuesday through Sunday nights.