The United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Swartz Taglialatela, has defended deportations from the United states, saying that they are not new.
Speaking to local journalists on Thursday, Taglialatela said that the United States like any other country has the authority to deport individuals who have committed and been convicted of crime.
“The people we are deporting back to countries are individuals who have come to the United States and have committed crimes for which they have paid their price – they have paid their dues, but because they are not United States citizens, under international treaty we are allowed to send them back,” the US Ambassador explained.
Taglialatela said she understands that the deportees matter is an issue especially for small Islands, because they do not have systems by means of which they can bring these individuals back to the country to reintegrate.
“This is something that we have been talking about with each of the Caribbean Islands and we want to figure out how best we can assist in developing those support systems for those individuals,” the US diplomat disclosed.
She declared that Saint Lucia has the right and authority to deport someone who has committed a crime here back to their homeland.
“So does every other nation in the world,” the US Ambassador asserted.