Ghana refuses to accept deported citizens, faces US visa sanctions

Ghana refuses to accept deported citizens, faces US visa sanctions

- For failing to accept deported citizens from the US, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have ordered visa sanctions on Ghana

- The US said it will not lift up the visa restriction until the Ghanaian government changes its stance

- However, the sanction only affects some types of visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in collaboration with Department of State has announced on Thursday, January 31, visa sanctions on Ghana because the country has failed to accept its deported citizens from the United States.

Acting account to the law contained under section 243(d) of the Immigration and National Act (INA), the secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen informed Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, that Ghana has unnecessarily delayed in accepting its deported citizens, Homeland Security reports.

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As a result of the delay, Pompeo therefore ordered by law the US consular officers in the country to restrict visa applications, however, the sanction only affect some types of visas.

It was gathered that the sanctions will not be lifted until Ghanaian government has accepted the citizens that were removed from the US.

Nielsen said: “Ghana has failed to live up to its obligations under international law to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States.

“The United States routinely cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting U.S. citizens when asked, as appropriate, as do the majority of countries in the world, but Ghana has failed to do so in this case. We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us to reconcile these deficiencies quickly."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) was set to deport total of 73 foreign nationals over their illegal stay in the country.

The deportees, made up of all women, include 72 Nigerians and another from Togo.

While most of them were being deported for staying in the country illegally, others were also reported to have engaged in prostitution.

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