After what looked like a brief diplomatic spat between the Government of Ghana and the United States of America’s Government, an agreement has been reached to deport about 7,000 Ghanaians who were found in breach of American immigration laws.
Dr. Baffour Adjei-Bawuah, the Ghanaian Ambassador to USA had refused to sign the deportation forms because of issues regarding the nationality of some of the affected 7,000 illegal migrants in the USA.
While addressing journalists at the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York, Dr. Baffour Adjei-Bawuah said the American government has obtained documentation that proved that the 7,000 people who are up for deportation are indeed of Ghanaian origin, hence, his inability to continuously resist their deportation to Ghana.
“All that we were talking about was for a certain fairness to be applied and the Embassy not necessarily pressured to agree to see some people deported. This is where we had a difference of opinion with the US authorities,” he said.
In June last year, about 63 Ghanaians arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra from the United States of America as the second batch of deportees following Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal migrants.
Most of the deportees were handcuffed as they disembarked from the chartered flight.
“It’s not a matter of agreeing to deport people without their endorsement but we have had enough discussion for a certain sanity to prevail,” he added.
This is sad for the people caught up in the deportation.