The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in collaboration with Department of State announced on Thursday, January 31, 2019 some visa sanctions on Ghana.
The sanctions which are supposed to come into effect on February 4, 2019, are because, according to the US, Ghana has failed to accept its deported citizens from the United States.
The deportees number about 7,000.
The government in Ghana has described as unfortunate, the decision taken by the Americans. It has issued a response to the Americans, noting a number of things in Ghana's defence.
YEN.com.gh brings you four things to know about the government of Ghana's response to the US visa sanctions.
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1. Ghana accuses the US of failing to abide by international law
In the response, Ghana accused the US of not sticking to international regulations regarding deportation of Ghanaians.
The West African country complained that the US deports people in belly chains and handcuffs.
2. Ghana says it is already processing some deportees
The Ghana government also added that 11 people have been issued with travelling certificates. That is after 19 people were interviewed in the US consulate.
This, the government noted is a show of their willingness to solve the problem.
3. Ghana wants to sort the real Ghanaians from the rest
The Ghana government is asking for time and cooperation from the United States government so as to find those among the 7,000 who are real Ghanaians.
The fear is that some of the 7,000 people illegally obtained Ghanaian passports.
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4. Ghana will not be bullied
The response issued by the government of Ghana notes that Ghana is a "sovereign country". This is to be noted that Ghana wants to indicate to the Americans that it will not be bullied into submission to accept the deportees.
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