US Will Deny Visas to 4 Countries Under Deportation Crackdown

US Will Deny Visas to 4 Countries Under Deportation Crackdown

US Will Deny Visas to 4 Countries Under Deportation Crackdown

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed the restrictions have been imposed in all four countries effective Wednesday, according to AP.

The United States will stop issuing certain visas to Eritrean nationals and officials of Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as of Wednesday because they have refused to take back deported citizens, the State Department said Tuesday.

The countries faced the State Department's latest punishment and have reportedly are reportedly among a dozen countries that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had previously deemed "recalcitrant" in the repatriation of criminal aliens.

The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the four countries have been "denying or unreasonably delaying" the deportee process from the USA and the ban will be lifted once they take their citizens back.

The cable stated that any Eritrean who apply in their own country for most USA business or tourist visas to the United States will be rejected.

In Sierra Leone, foreign ministry and immigration officials and their immediate family members will be denied tourist and business visas at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown.

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In Cambodia, the sanction is tailored. For Sierra Leone, this restriction applies to the issuance of B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure) to Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and immigration officials.

"International law obligates each country to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States", said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.

Visa sanctions are allowed by U.S. immigration law to punish countries that refuse to accept their citizens back from the United States.

In its announcement about the visa sanctions, DHS said the four countries had not been reliable in issuing travel documents for their citizens. Since 2000, the USA has resorted to visa sanctions against non-accepting countries just twice - against Guyana in 2001 and the Gambia previous year, according to Reuters.

The Trump administration has made it a priority to pressure reluctant countries to take back their citizens.

Other nations said to be recalcitrant by Washington include China, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Iran, Burma, Morocco and South Sudan.

Three of the four countries included in the current visa restrictions - Cambodia, Guinea, and Eritrea - were on a July list of nations deemed "recalcitrant" by United States immigration authorities.

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