A ranking Member on Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described the United States move to repatriate Ghanaians as a way to bullying the West African country.
“We are not going to sit quietly. This is not about partisan matter at all; it’s about our nation and our dignity. They shouldn’t come and bully us. This is, not the best”. Mr. Ablakwa stated in an interview on Kumasi based radio Abusua Fm.
Mr. Okudzeto was reacting to threats by the US to begin implementing visa restrictions in accordance with its laws as a responsibility owed the people of America.
US President Donald Trump’s new policy is to repatriate illegal migrant in his country which has resulted in the deportation of 7,000 Ghanaians already.
The US government also wants travel documents from the government of Ghana to deport the Ghanaians, but a delay in the process has created tension between the two countries which has resulted in the US threatening visa restrictions.
So far, a discussion between the two countries is underway to resolve the issue amicably.
This is not the first the United State is deporting Ghanaian illegal migrants from her country under the Trump administration.
In March 2018, the US deported 86 Ghanaians into the country. The migrants were in “chains”, reports indicated.
However, Mr. Okudzeto in his interview criticized the manner in which the US carried out the deportation exercise where deportees were chained as if they were” animals”.
“It’s not the best way to treat fellow humans and transported them for about 12 hour journey before touching down in Ghana. You can’t do that, he expressed disapproval”, he observed.
According to the legislator, the country must go through processes to ensure that the right things are done before its citizens could be deported.
Though Mr. Okudzeto thinks there are many good things about the US, he described President Donald J Trump’s deportation policy as a shortcoming