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US deportation system counterproductive, says Jamaica’s ambassador

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie has expressed concern over the deportation of Jamaicans who have no ties to Jamaica.

He said this could result in increased criminal activity on the island.

According to the ambassador, 75 Jamaicans are sent home monthly for indulging in unlawful activities.

However, he said some of the deportees may have gone to the United States as children, lived their lives there and are now required to fend for themselves in unfamiliar territory.

Ambassador Vascianne argued that the deportation system may actually be counter-productive to both Jamaica and the United States because it sets in place a loop for criminality.

He pointed out that persons are sent back to Jamaica with no means of economic survival and so they become more entrenched in criminality, which creates instability at home and sometimes this is exported back to the United States.

The ambassador was speaking on Saturday at the Jamaica Independence Celebration Foundation Ball in New York.


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