ESAT News (June 15, 2017)
The United States has deported seventy-five Ghanaians who were in the country illegally.
They arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra on Wednesday, morning in handcuffs, ghanian media reported on Wednesday.
They had applied for asylum in the USA but their applications were rejected and were subsequently deported.
One of the deportees, by name Awudu, told Accra based radio station, Peace FM that he was part of a group of Ghanaians who went to watch the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but managed to stay back after the tournament, and later went to the USA to seek asylum.
He said he was detained in California for a period but later moved to Arizona and then to New York before his deportation.
In April this year, the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P Jackson, said about 7,000 Ghanaians living illegally in the US were being processed for deportation.
“In fact, about 7,000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process. And we are not apologetic about that,” Mr Jackson told journalists.