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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:13

Exclusive: U.S. won't issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown

Written by  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport.

The new policies, laid out in State Department cables sent on Tuesday and reviewed by Reuters, are the latest example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

The cables, sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to consular officials around the world, said the four countries were “denying or unreasonably delaying” the return of their citizens from the United States, and that visa restrictions would be lifted in a country if it accepted its deportees.

The State Department declined comment on the cables, saying it would not discuss internal communications.

READ THE CABLES HERE: Cable 1: Guidance on the suspension of certain visas in Guinea Cable 2: Guidance on the suspension of certain visas in Cambodia Cable 3: Guidance on the suspension of certain visas in Sierra Leone Cable 4: Guidance on the suspension of certain visas in Eritrea

The visa sanctions vary in severity, with Eritrea facing the harshest sanctions.

Read more at Reuters

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