Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Ja: Don't wanna go home

FIVE Jamaicans who were recently deported from the United States, faced deportation for a second time after they were refused entry into Antigua.

The Antigua Sun reported Monday that the island's immigration chief, Lieutenant Colonel Clyde Walker, told a radio talk show last Friday that immigration officials were able to identify the Jamaicans from an updated list and photographs provided by the United States authorities.

However, the paper did not name the Jamaicans involved nor say when they were deported from the United States.
".They have relatives already living here - mother and sisters - and we have sent them back," Walker told the Sun.

At the same time, the Antiguan immigration boss said he foresees problems with the impending Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), which will see the free movement of people across the region.

"With the CSME coming on stream in January 2005 and the free movement of not only OECS citizens but Caricom residents, we are going to have a problem and this is the reason why I am happy that we have the border control system in place, and we are doing our best to screen them," he said.

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