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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayokor Botchway, has said that her outfit has been working on recent sanctions by the United States of America (USA) on VISA acquisitions by Ghanaian parliamentarians, ministers and other diplomatic personalities together with their immediate families.
She explained that her restrictions were as a result of some seven thousand Ghanaian illegal migrants who have been arrested by the immigration of the United States and are seeking concerns of leadership of Ghana to bring them back to their country of origin.
She however gave clarification that the Visa restrictions do not affect all Ghanaians but members of parliament together with their immediate families, ministers as well as diplomatic personalities and their immediate families.
Speaking to some members of the parliamentary press corps on Wednesday February 13,2019, the minister was of the view that the United States could have taken into consideration the collaboration between the two countries and channel their decisions accordingly. She also stated that her outfit has not fully been furnished with names of the affected persons as advertised by the United States of America.
The United States of America on Friday February 1, 2019 released a statement stating that Ghana may be laden with further sanctions if government does not begin to collaborate to receive its citizens marked for deportation.
‘Ghana has failed to live up to its obligations under the international law to accept the return of its nationals removed from the United States,’ Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen had said in a statement.
It also said ‘pursuant to her authority under section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Kristjen Nielsen notified secretary of state Mike Pompeo that Ghana’s government has denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered for removal from the United States. As a result, state’s secretary Pomeo has ordered consular officers in Ghana to implement Visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants.
‘Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population. The sanctions will remain in place until the secretary of homeland security notifies secretary Pompeo that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level’.
Source: THERESA ADEZEWA AYITTEY || GHANANEWSONLINE.COM.GH