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After apprehending 63 supposed illegal Ghanaian immigrants in the United States of America, deporting them to Ghana in chains and arriving at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Wednesday, the US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson says the returnees were not violated.
The deportees had applied for asylum in the USA but got their request bounced.
Appearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament on Thursday, Mr Jackson submitted his government’s side of the story.
“The 63, who returned recently, arrived in a chartered flight, refused to board a civilian aircraft and return voluntarily. I do not consider the conditions under which they were returned inhumane. They were fed, they had some freedom of movement on the flight. It is not as if they were chained to their seats,” he noted.
The ambassador added: “It is true that 7,000 Ghanaians who have overstayed their visas or are staying in the US illegally are in various stages of the deportation processes. There will be additional deportations because the 7,000 people who are under deportation orders have either committed crimes in the United States or long overstayed the visas on which they entered.”
The ambassador however was keen to assure the legislators, Ghanaians seeking to enter the US legitimately were welcome to do so as there are thousands of Ghanaians working legally in the US and facing no threat of deportation.