PM: Saint Lucia ‘threatened’ on deportee issue

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has told reporters here that this country was threatened on the issue of accepting deportees from the United States.

He said Saint Lucia was told that if it did not accept the deportees, travel for locals would be ‘pulled”

Chastanet said he has indicated to the United States that he is unhappy but will honour the current system.

However the PM said he will continue to lobby for an international treaty to deal with the situation.

He explained that he was concerned that someone who left this country at two years old, spent their childhood and adult life overseas, committed a crime and is repatriated.

The Prime Minister asserted that the flaw in the process is that the United States is using the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) legislation governing air travel to send people back.

“In that agreement, if somebody leaves here and is detained or for some reason denied entry, it is required that we accept that person back,” the former Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister said.

He said he understands that  provision within a particular lime frame but was not sure that the architects of the ICAO agreement  had in mind that someone could spend up to fifty years in a country and then be repatriated.

“I think this is an issue that must be  brought up at the UN level and I think that we should write a treaty that specifically deals with deportees and how we are going to handle it,” the Prime Minister told reporters.

Chastanet observed that some countries like India refuse to accept the deportees.

“Countries that seem to have the backbone and the ability  to say ‘no’ get away with it. Unfortunately, a smaller state like ours has to depend on an national  treaty that we can go by because certainly we do not have the ability to push back,” he told reporters.




  1. All Caribbean nations must unite and work together and sort your problems out as a people. The world will respect you more as a people when you work together. It is true you are small nations but if you unite together how will become a mighty power for good. You will be able to defend yourselves and work for the good of your people. That’s what every nations are doing now standing with their people. People who left their countries when they we babies only have the culture in the country they grow up in. If they commit crimes it is due to the culture they grow up in and has nothing to do with the country where they were born. In reality they belong to the country where they obtain their culture. These people should not be sent back to the land of their birth because of crimes they committed in the land they grow up in. They are citizens of that land because of all the years they have lived in that land. If they decide to deport all black people who are in America for over fifty years they will have to deport all other nations who come from the western world and who leave in America. Because as far as l can see is mostly black people are being sent back to their lands. This is very wrong.

  2. No problem here at all, we should keep our thieving niggers to ourselves. Who could blame the U.S. for that except those that spawned the bastards.

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