US Ambassador John Estrada is making it clear that the laws that determine deportation have not changed.
The Ambassador issued a statement today fears of mass deportation of residents with the change of government in the US.
The following is the ambassador's statement.
"United States immigration law and regulations have not changed following our recent elections.
Non-U.S. citizens convicted of crimes in the U.S. can be deported to their country of origin. This happens in Trinidad and Tobago, as all over the world.
The vast majority of Trinidad and Tobago citizens with U.S. visas follow the laws while they are visiting the U.S. and return home within the permitted time of stay. We look for the close relations—and travel--between our countries to continue.
As President Obama said concerning democratic transition in the U.S., “there is enormous continuity beneath the day-to-day news that makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining order and promoting prosperity throughout the world. That will continue.”
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