Ghana hit with US visa sanctions over non-cooperation in deportation of Ghanaians


Ghana has been hit with visa authorizes by the United States of America for its indicated trouble in tolerating Ghanaians expelled from the US.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has requested international safe haven officers in Ghana to execute the visa confinements on specific classes of visa candidates, as indicated by a US Department of Homeland Security explanation.

The classes of candidates to be influenced are not explained on in the announcement.

“As per her position under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen advised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Government of Ghana has denied or nonsensically deferred tolerating their nationals requested expelled from the United States,” the announcement clarified.

Furthermore, the announcement cautioned that Ghana confronted more endorses if the administration’s stance did not change.

“Without a proper reaction from Ghana, the extent of these approvals might be extended to a more extensive populace. The approvals will stay set up until the Secretary of Homeland Security tells Secretary Pompeo that collaboration on expulsions has enhanced to a worthy dimension.”

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, is cited as saying “Ghana has neglected to satisfy its commitments under global law to acknowledge the arrival of its nationals requested expelled from the United States.”

“The United States routinely collaborates with outside governments in archiving and tolerating U.S. nationals when asked, as suitable, as do most of nations on the planet, yet Ghana has neglected to do as such for this situation. We trust the Ghanaian government will work with us to accommodate these lacks rapidly,” she included.


Signs from as far back as 2017 showed that 7,000 Ghanaians were confronting extradition.

The then-US diplomat to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, said the 7,000 were liable of different movement offenses and had manhandled the terms of their visas.

At the time, he said the Ghanaians were at various phases of the expelling procedure.

The Government was at the time additionally worried about reports of the evil treatment of Ghanaians extradited by the US government.

Robert Jackson was welcomed by the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament to give clearness on detailed sick treatment of deportees.

There were reports that a bunch of deportees in 2017 were cuffed and constrained on board the plane to Ghana, however the US Embassy denied that any harsh treatment occurred.

Ghana’s Ambassador to the US, Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Bawuah, had likewise recommended that he was feeling the squeeze from US specialists to endorse the expelling of Ghanaians.

Those disclosures came in the midst of allegations that the US was endeavoring to menace Ghana by compromising visa limitations.

Robert Jackson answered that the US was just trying to authorize its movement rules and not to undermine Ghana with visa limitations.

He said the US simply needed the legislature to accelerate the procedure for issuing head out reports to the Ghanaians planned for extradition.


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