Thursday, January 27, 2011
A total of 1,268 Jamaicans were deported by United States authorities last year, continuing a downward trend since 2008 when the number totalled 1,603 followed by 1,480 in 2009.
According to Jamaica's Consul General to New York Geneive Brown-Metzger, the number of Jamaicans in custody here is posing "a serious challenge for the Jamaican consulate".
Meanwhile, Chambers pointed out that many of those deported "have not committed what would be considered a serious crime" rather the majority were guilty of "overstaying their entry permits".
Chambers said that Jamaican authorities here continue to work closely with their US counterparts on immigration and deportation matters.