CARICOM member states are being accused of not doing enough to assist nationals who violate U.S. immigration laws.
U.S. immigration lawyer, Fitzmore Harris – who is Antiguan, says “One of the main functions of the overseas consulates is to protect the rights of their citizens”, and he does not believe that enough is being done.
Harris revealed that in 2004 he presented a comprehensive plan to Antigua & Barbuda’s government administration – which outlined how deportations could be handled, but it was ignored.
Thus, he is now publicly calling for a common policy in regards to issuing proper travel documents for deportees, and for the region to employ people who understand U.S. immigration laws and how the process works.
Harris made the call after it was announced that Donald Trump will implement legislation that will subject every illegal immigrant in in the country to deportation.
Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the U.S., Sir Ronald Sanders, agreed and is asking the nation’s government to prepare for the possible influx of deportees and implement re-integration programs.
While Director of the Caribbean Drug & Alcohol Research Institute, Dr. Marcus Day, said Caribbean countries need to make returning home more appealing a well because many think that deported peopled are automatically assume f criminals.