While North Korean and the US are strengthening their relationship, over 6,000 Ghanaians will be deported from USA for committing various immigration offences.
The United States ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson has reiterated that 7,000 Ghanaians are in the process of being deported from the United States of America (USA) for various immigration offences. He revealed this during an address at an Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) discussion on United States-Africa Relations Monday (June 11, 2018) in Accra.
According to Ambassador Jackson, the need for all countries to control their borders is a necessity.
He said: “First, we are talking about 7,000, not 60,000 Ghanaians who are in various stages of being deported from the United States and on that issue just as we have a responsibility to patrol our borders, countries around the world have a responsibility to issue travel documents to their citizens so that they can return to those countries”.
This is the second time in over a year that Ambassador Jackson is mentioning that 7,000 Ghanaians are set to be deported. In April last year, he told reporters in the Brong Ahafo region that about 7,000 Ghanaians living illegally in the United States of America are being processed for deportation.
He stated: “In fact about 7,000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process. And we are not apologetic about that. One thing that I do think that Ghanaians need to be aware of is, I think the president-elect (Donald Trump), as I mentioned, is likely to be more rigid about illegal immigration”.
“We have a lot of Ghanaians who have overstayed their visas in the U.S. and I think that they need to be concerned about whether they would be allowed to remain illegally. My guess is they will be given some options but the president will be serious about asking those who’ve violated their visa status to depart,” Mr Jackson said.
It will be recalled that on March 14, 2018, 86 Ghanaians were deported from the United States of America to Ghana.
They were reportedly arrested at different states for various immigration offences such abuse of the terms of their visas and engaging in illegal employment. The deportees, all males, came on a chartered flight.