Trump Uses Pressure to Gain Cooperation of Foreign Countries that have Refused to Take Back Their Deportable Citizens

One sign of a new leaf being turned in Washington by the Trump administration is the application of a law that provides for suspension of visas to persons from countries that fail to cooperate in issuing entry document for their citizens being deported from the United States. The law has been on the books for many years, but both Republican and Democrat administrations have failed to apply the law. The argument was that the action of stopping visas was too severe a response, and it had been applied only twice before – to Guyana and Gambia in 2001.

Currently, according to a Washington Times report visa restrictions now have been put in place against Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The visa restrictions are tailored to get the attention of the foreign ministries by suspending visas for diplomats. In Eritrea, the visa suspension also affects business and tourist visas.

There are other countries that have been similarly uncooperative in accepting the deportation of their citizens. China and Cuba are especially problematic. The Castro government has refused to take back Cubans released from Cuban jails and included in the surge of rafters fleeing to the United States in 1980. Unfortunately the Obama administration did not make cooperation on those deportations a condition for resuming diplomatic relations.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    There is no solution except to make the people here who are not criminals total citizens. Just like that. Because there is NO OTHER solution. Build the walls, do whatever, but many people that I know have no home to go back to, so go back to what? These cities that claim to be sanctuaries are more like big jails. Every one of them is taking advantage of undocumented workers in some way, or just afraid to lose the option. Sanctuary cities are already underfunded because they don’t have complete census numbers. It causes schools, hospitals, highways. to be even more congested. It isn’t racism. It’s more like class warfare. But there’s money for the government and health plans and schools if everyone is counted and contributing. People could move to places where there’s a better standard of living than in the sanctuary cities.There’s crowding and unaffordable housing.
    I guess some people would think I’m crazy to hope for President Trump to go for it, but there’s a lot of money there and a lot of change, so I pray he will. Besides, looking at the situation realistically, I think I’m right:)

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      Why ruining other innocent people’s lives……..just drop their citizens there wherever they come from. N problem solved….

      This way of solving issues are WWII style….

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      Peter, I think you need to take a trip to some of the countries where a lot of refugees arrive to shores. Please Tay there for a month or two, then rpist your opinion.