The Donald Trump administration is to expel about 7000 Ghanaians this year for breaching various terms of their visa agreement, US Ambassador here, Robert P. Jackson says.
He made the disclosure Thursday in the Brong Ahafo Region (Province), 400 km north of the capital, Accra.
The 7000 Ghanaians, the US Ambassador to Ghana says, have over stayed their permits in the States and the individuals are currently at different stages of the deportation process.
“In fact about 7000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process, and we are not apologetic about that,” Jackson said.
The US Ambassador first gave the hint of the deportation early in November moments after Donald Trump emerged winner of the US presidential election.
“Ghanaians who have overstayed their visas in the United States of America must be concerned because the new Trump administration will ask them to depart.
One thing that I do think that Ghanaians need to be aware of is, I think the president-elect, 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 US 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,” Jackson said.
The disclosure comes a day after the United Kingdom government imposed a 10-year ban imposed on three sitting members of Ghana’s parliament and a former legislator following their involvement in a visa fraud.
The four, according to the commission, have used their diplomatic passports to secure visas for persons who travelled to the UK and never returned.
A correspondence forwarded to the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament by the UK government through the UK High Commission here, said ” The British High Commission would like, in confidence, to bring the following matters to your attention, regarding the apparent involvement of three serving MPs and one former MP in visa fraud directly affecting the United Kingdom.”
The confidential letter said the MPs in question- violated UK visa regulations on different occasions by either providing false information for their visa applications or facilitating the visas of some relatives who overstayed their visas in the UK.
“Administrative measures have been taken to ensure that the Honorable members mentioned here will most likely not be granted visas for the UK within the next 10 years, the letter further stated. Enditem