State­ment from U.S. Em­bassy, Bridgetown re­gard­ing Deportees

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The United States Em­bassy in Bar­ba­dos on Wed­nes­day is­sued the fol­low­ing me­dia state­ment:

The United States govern­ment only de­ports con­victed crim­i­nals back to their coun­try of ori­gin in con­sul­ta­tion with that coun­try’s govern­ment. In the case of Bar­ba­dos and the East­ern Caribbean, U.S. Em­bassy Bridgetown sends a letter to lo­cal po­lice or other rel­e­vant lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in­form­ing them of the crime for which the in­di­vid­ual is be­ing de­ported, all per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion about the lo­gis­tics of their re­turn, and how lo­cal law en­force­ment can re­ceive more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the crim­i­nal his­tory of the in­di­vid­ual.

The lead U.S. govern­ment agency con­duct­ing de­por­ta­tions, Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment (ICE), is fo­cused on smart, ef­fec­tive im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment that pri­or­i­tizes threats to na­tional se­cu­rity, pub­lic safety, and border se­cu­rity.

It is the view of the United States that each coun­try has an in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tion to ac­cept the re­turn of its na­tion­als who are not el­i­gi­ble to re­main in the United States or any other coun­try.

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