U.S. Issues Visa Sanctions Against Recalcitrant Countries
The Trump administration has kept yet another promise. The Trump State department has issued visa sanctions against four nations that repeatedly and routinely refuse take back deportees. The countries are Cambodia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Eritrea.
The Secretary of State has ordered consular officers in Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia to implement visa restrictions effective September 13, 2017,” the department said in a statement provided to The Washington Times. “The Secretary determined the categories of visa applicants subject to these restrictions on a country-by-country basis. WT
- Cambodia: Only top diplomats and their families will be denied tourist or business visas.
- Eritrea: All new tourist and business visas will be halted.
- Guinea: Government officials and family members will be denied business, tourist, and student and exchange program visas.
- Sierra Leone: Diplomats and immigration officials will be denied business and tourist visas.
There was no mention on whether current visas will be rescinded. The move may be largely symbolic since it’s within reason to suspect those top diplomats and other elites already had visas to the United States. It does, however, send a clear message that a new chief is in town and these nations need to begin taking back their deportees just as the US does.
The administration was going to add Iraq to the list but Iraq acquiesced in exchange for not being included in the travel ban
During the 2016 presidential campaign then candidate Trump promised to crack down on countries that are recalcitrant in taking back their deportees. He lambasted previous administrations for not doing more to resolve this issue. Previous administrations responded to the problem by sending threatening letters to the recalcitrant nations. Americans have suffered at the hands of foreign criminals. In 2014 Thong Vang,was released from prison after being convicted of rape. His country of origin, Laos repeatedly declined to repatriate him. He returned to prison in 2016 and shot two guards.
Thousands of foreign criminals remain in the US
According to the same Washington Times Article:
35,000 Criminal Cubans await deportation
1,900 Criminal Chinese citizens await deportation