A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sign stands at the headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The U.S. House is set to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes a banking provision opposed by many Democrats as a giveaway to large institutions. Current funding for the government ends today, and the measure would finance most of the government through September 2015. The DHS, responsible for immigration policy, would be financed only through Feb. 27. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Gambians deported ‘committed crimes’ says Foreign Affairs

Gambians deported from Western nations have committed a range of crimes and exhausted legal remedies to challenge their conviction and stay, says its Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Saikou Ceesay

“Gambian returnees were convicted on criminal charges such as drug trafficking, domestic violence, resisting officer, revenue tax,” Ceesay said.

At least 23 Gambians have been deported since the new government took power. 20 of them deported from the United States.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department last year imposed visa restrictions on Gambia accusing the country of not accepting its citizens who were to be returned to the West African nation.

Gambia has since 2012 not accepted deportees. The Barrow administration is seeking to have the visa restriction waived and continuing the cooperation policy agreed to by the Jammeh government.

The Gambia is mainland Africa’s smallest nation with a population of fewer than two million. It is immersed in poverty forcing many of its youths to perilously cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

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