Liberian Immigration Service (LIS), formerly the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, on Tuesday received 17 of 21 Liberian deportees who have been living in the United States of America (USA). The Liberians returned to the country yesterday after they were deported by the U.S. government for various charges.
They arrived in the country on a chartered flight at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.
Of the remaining four, LIS said they were lucky to escape deportation because the appeal against their forceful deportation was accepted.
The deportees’ charges include aggravated assault, resisting arrest and trafficking of illegal drugs.
The LIS did not explain if the Liberians were given the opportunity to be heard by a court in the U.S.
LIS spokesperson, Abraham Dolley, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the deportees had gone through the LIS’ usual preliminary counseling session before they were turned over to their respective relatives.
Dolley said only one of the 17 is yet to be reunited with his relative, “because none of them have showed up to sign for him.”
He did not give the identity of the 17 deportees, but maintained they are all Liberians.
He continued, “They are going to report weekly to continue their counseling sessions until they are certificated and integrated into our society.”
He said the LIS would ensure that the required regulations for deportees are followed and enforced to the letter.