Antigua & Barbuda not Prepared to Deal with Mass Deportations

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Wednesday 14th August, 2019-Antigua and Barbuda’s Foreign Affairs Minister is acknowledging that the administration in which he serves is unprepared to deal with a mass deportation of Antiguans and Barbudans from the United States.

Speaking following recent developments in the United States where it will soon become difficult for immigrants who are believed to be over-dependent on the government, Minister Paul Chet Greene said with major legal changes taking place in America, scores of Caribbean nationals risk being sent back to the region and where Antigua and Barbuda is concerned, the country is not ready to deal with such an influx of people, who may be returning as a result of various infraction that were committed.

The Donald Trump administration announced on Monday that it will become difficult for poorer legal migrants to extend their visas or gain green cards.

According to the BBC, the rule targets migrants who rely on public benefits, such as food stamps and/or public housing for more than a year. Their applications will be rejected if the US authorities decide they are likely to rely on public assistance in the future.

Foreign Affairs Minister Greene registered his disapproval of the development but concedes there isn’t anything that can be done to change decisions taken by the U.S Government, in the interest of their country.