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Don't marginalise Jamaican deportees

Published:Friday | September 23, 2016 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Gleaner's WEEKEND STAR, dated Friday, September 16, 2016, published a very interesting column by Leighton Levy on deportees. Kudos to the writer for shedding much-needed light on the topic, I had many questions when I saw the front-page stories a few weeks ago, especially about the latest set of deportees from the United Kingdom.

Top on my list was how we reintroduce and assimilate these persons into Jamaican society and who provides care for these persons if they have no family here.

I am happy that the conversation is being had, because it was only through the STAR that I was made aware that the Government has facilities that provide housing, meals, clothing, counselling and even programmes that offer skills training to the deportees. Hats off to them! Who knew that such facilities existed? I didn't.

Apparently, the Ministry of National Security makes certain provisions for them, Now that's great news! Collectively we must all do our part to help in the rehabilitation process. We cannot allow them to fall into a life of crime.

I'm also imploring that we not brand them as deportees. Organisations, don't close your doors on them. After all, everyone deserves a second chance.

CLAUDE MCPHERSON

Kingston 6