Marks wants greater ef­fort to com­bat de­por­ta­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Der­rick Scott Gleaner Writer der­rick.scott@glean­erjm.com

JA­MAICA’S AM­BAS­SADOR to the United States Au­drey Marks has re­vealed that some 20,000 Ja­maicans have been de­ported from the United States to Ja­maica over the past 10 years.

“Nearly 90 per cent of Ja­maicans re­turned from all coun­tries, namely the United King­dom and Canada, dur­ing this pe­riod were de­ported for rea­sons un­re­lated with vi­o­lent crimes, the most com­mon of­fences be­ing im­mi­gra­tion and dru­gre­lated of­fences,” Marks said.

De­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress at the in­au­gu­ral Ja­maica Di­as­pora North­east Trail­blazer Awards at the Rosedale Vil­lage ball­room in Queens, New York, on Oc­to­ber 29, Marks said it was time to bring the full force of the ta­lent and re­sources of the di­as­pora to com­bat this prob­lem.

“We must stop the de­por­ta­tion of young mem­bers of the di­as­pora who have spent most of their lives right here and cur­rently are more Amer­i­can than Jamaican,” she said.

CALL FOR UNI­FI­CA­TION

The am­bas­sador called on di­as­pora or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the US to unite as men­tors and pro­tect marginalised im­mi­grant youths from be­ing re­cruited into crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Marks com­mended the cre­ation of the Di­as­pora Crime Pre­ven­tion Task Force, but pointed out that the task force does not need to make an­other fact-find­ing trip to Ja­maica “as the prob­lem starts here and your tal­ents are right here, and if or­gan­ised into an in­ter­ven­tion force in Jamaican com­mu­ni­ties through­out the US, you can put a dent in ex­port­ing the crime prob­lem back to Ja­maica”.

She con­tin­ued: “We need to firstly en­sure that every el­i­gi­ble Jamaican green card holder be­comes a cit­i­zen, be­cause I am see­ing too many cases of young men who came here at ba­sic and pri­mary school age and are now be­ing de­ported back to Ja­maica when they are at col­lege age, with no op­por­tu­ni­ties for a sec­ond chance in Ja­maica.”

“We must stop the de­por­ta­tion of young mem­bers of the di­as­pora who have spent most of their lives right here

Jamaican.” and cur­rently are more Amer­i­can than Am­bas­sador Au­drey Marks

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