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Trump ban should not affect Jamaican work and travel programme participants

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2017 | 12:18 PM

Immigration attorney Wayne Golding says he does not believe the executive orders issued by United States President Donald Trump banning travel to the US from seven Muslim countries will affect Jamaicans who go to the US for work.

There have been questions about the potential impact on persons who participate in work and travel programmes as well as those in the seasonal work programmes.

Hundreds of Jamaicans participate in these programmes each year.

However, in an interview on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, Golding said these persons should not worry.

However, he notes that persons who have travelled to any of the banned countries may experience additional screening at ports of entry.

The immigration attorney also notes that all immigrants should be prepared for additional screening when they travel to the US.


Jamaica-American immigration attorney, Wayne Golding

Yesterday, Opposition Member of Parliament, Lisa Hanna, called for the Government to clarify whether President Trump’s immigration orders could affect Jamaican students seeking employment in the US.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Kamia Johnson Smith, has indicated that the Government is still gathering information on the ban but has warned against panicking.