The US will deport about 100 Ghanaians in violation of the country’s immigration rule.
According to Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, 22 Ghanaians are currently being deported from the US.
She said that 100 Ghanaians on the list were excluded from the United States at various times.
She told Parliament about the terms of the agreement concluded with the United States leading to the removal of visa restrictions and how many Ghanaians were expected to be excluded when a question was submitted to her by MP of North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
In the reply to the MP, Ayorkor Botchwey replied that 7,000 were “bandied” at some point, but the Ministry unfortunately had not submitted a request for a list of Ghanaians with flouted immigration legislation.
“We were given at one point the list of probably 100 people as processing people in several stage of the removal process, therefore I can’t talk to these numbers because they weren’t given.
“Nothing was given to us since then and we are talking about 22 people who are being taken away, but nothing like the numbers first listed” adding that 125 Ghanaians who had been ordered removal during US sanctions were deported.
However, the issuance of emergency travel certificates to facilitate their removal was postponed until borders were re-opened following the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘The modalities for facilitating and ensuring the process of identification and issuance of the appropriate travel documents are established by both sides in accordance with Ghana ‘s international protocol obligations,’ she noted. It is important to note.