Gambian illegals living in the United States, are at the risk of being deported to their native country, in view of the recent law passed by Congress imposing visa ban against Gambia government officials and their families among others. This followed, the refusal of the Jammeh dictatorship to accept Gambian deportees from America.

It has been reported that 2000 Gambian illegals, some of whom had criminal record on their rap sheet are awaiting to be deported. The ball is now on the court of the Jammeh regime to receive the deportees or risked facing visa ban.

It is imperative to note that some of the Gambian illegals scheduled to be deported are in alleged violation of different immigration offences. Some had their marital spousal petitions denied; some cases had to do with immigration fraud; asylum request denials; some have overstayed their visas.

For some of the illegals, who haven’t exhausted their immigration cases appeals, now is the time to hire an attorney and vigorously pursue your pending immigration deportation cases. Abandoning a pending deportation case, could only worsen one’s prospects of settling here legally.

Both Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, have articulated their immigration programs if elected into office. Hilary’s immigration programs will be lenient to families, who have been living in this country illegally without committing criminal offence. Illegals, who have proven to be working and paying taxes without having any axe to grind with the law, stand good chances of regularizing their status if Clinton is elected.

With Trump, he has talked about softening his earlier forced deportation program of the over eleven million illegals living in America. Trump too said his administration will accommodate the plight of children and their parents. But he maintains that Criminal aliens would be deported as soon as he assumes the Presidency.

Arguably, the move taken by the Jammeh regime to refuse to receive Gambian deportees from America, has contributed immensely to the backlog of deportation cases. It has also to some degree created an atmosphere of carefree attitude among migrants some of whom by virtue of Jammeh’s “no deportation program” against America, have become complacent overnight in regularizing their status. 

Any legal immigrant living the American dream, will no doubt wish aspiring migrants to settle here without having the fear of being deported. Deportation is nerve wrecking. And we do not wish any Gambian to be deported.

But what the Jammeh dictatorship has done amounts to encouraging illegal immigration. Gambia can be supportive of its nationals overseas without rendering its citizens in America stateless. Imagine Gambian Embassy officials in DC, lying to US Immigration agents when contacted about their nationals due to be deported?

It is the responsibility of any legitimate government to adequately represent its citizens when they are faced with deportation. In the case of The Gambia, sadly the regime refuses to acknowledge that it has citizens living in America.

The US government should also consider the cases of the illegals, who have been living here for over two decades and had no criminal history. Some of these immigrants had kids born in America, and have been working and paying taxes all these years. Deporting them to The Gambia, could separate them from their kids, who are US Citizens. We rest our case.

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