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FOREIGN MINISTER DARBOE EXPLAINS US DEPORTATIONS

The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad (MoFA), Ousainu Darboe, has been talking about the Government's stance on the much-talked about deportation of Gambians from the United States of America.

The Minister was speaking to the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) Friday evening.

According to the Honourable Minister just as The Gambia Government has the right to determine who comes or stays in the country, the same way other nations have control over their immigrations affairs.

"It is the prerogative of the US and any Government for that matter to disallow any foreign nationals to continue their stay in the United States and this is what has happened with the deportees,"he said.

He said some of them are in violation of US immigration laws, example they overstayed their visas and they didn't regularise status. Minister Darboe further disclosed that some of the deportees apart from overstaying their visas, "unfortunately fell  foul of the law and were convicted and usually the United States Government would subject all deportees to a judicial process before any deportation is made."

He observed that the US Government has acted within its authority and has decided to deport Gambians.

On what next for the deportees, the Minister said their fate depends on their skills, level of education and abilities to deliver. However, he said each individual case will be looked into but was quick to add that the Government of The Gambia is not under any obligation to make an offer to any deportee.

On his advice to Gambians in the diaspora, the Minister advised them to regularise their immigration status and make sure that they abide by the laws of their host country. He said once they do that, there will be no problems.

The Minister made example of the People's Republic of China where he recently visited with the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, explaining that he was very proud when their hosts told them that Gambians are the most behaved and most law-abiding foreigners in China.

"That was very gratifying. That is what we expect of all Gambians outside of The Gambia. We respect Gambians in all parts of the world," he said.  

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