The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson and other officials of the Embassy will meet Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs later on Monday,23rd June over the impending deportation of some 7,000 Ghanaians.
The meeting is aimed at finding a solution to the ensuing impasse between the US and Ghana government over the issuance of travel documents for some 7000 illegal migrants in the US.
The US government wants travel documents from the Ghanaian government to deport the Ghanaians but a delay in the process is causing apprehension between the two countries.
The United States Embassy in a statement issued on Wednesday indicated that the government of Ghana was not complying with international obligations regarding the issuance of travel documents to Ghanaians awaiting deportation in the USA.
The statement said the US will be forced to begin implementing visa restrictions in accordance with its laws as a responsibility owed the American people.
Some have accused the US of trying to bully Ghana by the threat, but according to US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, the US has fairly engaged Ghana on the matter.
He said he has been holding discussions on the matter with government officials in the Mahama administration as well as the current Akufo-Addo government but nothing fruitful has come out of those discussions.
“It is unfortunate that almost 7,000 Ghanaians are facing deportation from the US because they have overstayed their visas or broken US law. We have been working with the government of Ghana my entire time here to repatriate people in the most humane way possible…. I’ve been talking with the government of Ghana about this for over two years.
“This is not [a] hasty [decision]. I talked to Members of Parliament. I talked to people in the old government; I talk to people in the current governments. I am acting on instructions. This is not something I am initiating. We will enforce our immigration laws,” he stated.
On the other hand, he said he was ready for further engagements on the subject but is more interested in having the government of Ghana take action.