The sensationalism by the media of the latest arrivals to the Island from the UK should be followed up with some facts. Our well thinking folks must now choose to become informed so that they are in a position to decipher theatrics from worthy cases which should be appealed if at all necessary.
Have our political parties thought about getting these persons registered on the voters list? There is a way to pay people to vote and I call it, through hard work and sweat the legal way. Deportees should have an opportunity to reintegrate into society and become productive citizens. For any government to be part of this process with the view of ensuring law and order is not at risk with the trailer load that will be landing weekly, monthly or daily, I am of this thought that deportees should vote in our elections. Irrespective of who they vote for, as long as they are part of the political process they must then be offered some form of skill training if they are not already skilled in a particular discipline then be placed in a work programme and receive a weekly stipend. If not, exactly what will they be doing and how will they earn their keep? Do we have the resources to police, deportees? Look at the figures up to June 2016 we had just under 1ooo returning to the Roc. I ask you, how many deportees have returned between 2011 and present? A system must be put in place in this small Island of ours to successfully monitor those under the age of 60 years and put them to work. They should be monitored for a minimum of 5 years depending on the kind of felony they committed. If not, we may have more than our fair share to handle down the road.
Deportations of 42 not unusual, stresses Montague
Montague, who was making a statement to journalists at the Ministry of National Security, opted to stick to his script and refused to answer follow-up questions.
However, in his statement, the minister stressed that Jamaicans have been deported in large numbers before, including in 2014 when 40 persons were sent home on a charter flight from the UK in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed between the two nations in 2007.
“The Ministry of National Security will give due consideration to the various expressions, both by the returned citizens and observers, with respect to the latest deportation and will, where applicable, incorporate views and perspectives in the improvement of its own protocols governing deported persons from Jamaica,” Montague said.
Up to June 30, nine hundred and sixty-three persons had been deported to Jamaica from a number of countries in 2016.
The United States deported the highest number throughout the period, 342, while England and Canada returned 149 and 82, respectively.
From the region, Trinidad and Tobago deported 130; Barbados sent back 44; and CuraÁao, 43.
The total number of persons deported from other countries was 78.
Jamaica deported 310 persons in 2015. Since January 2016, ninety-five have been deported from the island to their countries of origin.
“We concede and admit that the behaviour of some of our countrymen has not always been in keeping with Jamaica’s values, and we urge all Jamaicans at home and abroad to obey the laws of the land,” Montague said