Jamaica to Welcome over 60 US Deportees Amidst COVID-19

In light of an announcement made by the US President,  Donald Trump for visa sanctions to be placed on countries who do not accept deportees from the US, Jamaica is set to receive approximately 62 deportees from the US.  The individuals will arrive by mode of a chartered flight on April 21, 2020.

As Jamaica has seen a drastic surge in the COVID-19 cases over the past four days, the National Security Ministry has made the assurance that sufficient measures are being implemented to allow for the safety and welfare of the deportees who are referred to as Involuntary Returned Migrants (IRM).

Amongst the measures to be implemented is a two-weeks government quarantine of all IRMs which will see twice-daily screenings by health officials.  Upon successful completion of the quarantine, the individuals will be handed over to verified family members.

One would wonder if this is smart at a time like this, however, the move is bounded under the Jamaican Constitution and Nationality Act to receive IRMs in the country.


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