President Trump has made an announcement that shows just how serious he is about dealing with the illegal immigrant issue in this country, even willing to invoke international law to do so.
He has announced that his administration will be cutting off visas for any country that refuses to accept their deported citizens back, according to the Washington Examiner. The fact that he is willing to alter diplomatic relations with other sovereign nations over this issue shows how committed he is to deal with the illegal immigration issue here in the US.
In a recent announcement, the Trump administration said that it ordered the State Department to limit visas for Cambodia, Guinea, Eritrea, and Sierra Leone because those nations have refused to take back their citizens who are in the US illegally and have been cleared by immigration courts for deportation.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said that “international law obligates each country to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States. Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have failed in that responsibility.”
She continued, saying “the United States itself routinely cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting its citizens when asked, as do the majority of countries in the world. However, these countries have failed to do so, and that one-way street ends with these sanctions.”
Other top officials made their own comments as well.“American citizens have been harmed because foreign governments refuse to take back their citizens. These sanctions will ensure that the problem these countries pose will get no worse as ICE continues its work to remove dangerous criminals from the United States,” said Thomas Homan, US Immigration & Customs Enforcement Acting Director.
President Trump has previously promised to take more action so that other countries will take back people the US sought to deport and has had success in doing so. Out of the 20 countries that refused to take back their immigrants, eight have now changed their minds.
“The Secretary [of State] is having conversations with those countries. We want to bring those countries into compliance. We want those countries to be able to take back their citizens,” said one State official. “We are having different levels of conversations with those countries and imposing different things upon them based on what we think will work best with those countries.”
Although current visa sanctions against these countries only apply to specific categories, the State Department has promised to expand them into other groups should these countries continue their refusal to comply.
Trump administration will be cutting off visas for any country that refuses to accept their deported citizens back. Should these countries be sanctioned?
In total, ICE has released 2,137 Guinean and 831 Sierra Leone nationals, many of them having criminal convictions. Additionally, 700 illegal immigrants from Eritrea and 1,900 Cambodians were refused travel documents from their home countries and had to be freed by ICE.
At the same time that Trump has been upholding his end of the bargain — a bargain he made to the American people — the media can’t help but attack him for his dedication. Despite all of the criticism he has gotten from this move, as well as his more recent decision to let DACA expire, the President is still steadfast in doing what the American people voted for him to do.
Hopefully, it will only be a matter of time before these uncooperative nations accept their citizens back.