US deports Jamaican nationals

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says officers have ordered three Jamaican men deported at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for coming to the United States to work without authorization at a Wisconsin hotel.

After some basic questioning at primary inspection, the agency said on Feb. 20 that its officers “selected the three men for a secondary examination to have more time to interview them about the intent of their travel.

“During the secondary inspection, each of the 20-year-old men admitted they were invited to work at a Wisconsin hotel for four months and expected to earn about US$10 per hour,” officials said.

They said they were not releasing the men’s names “as none were criminally charged.”

Foreign nationals must obtain prior authorization to work while in the US, the statement said.

“CBP officers use their training and experience, as well as a variety of tools, to ensure that the traveler standing before them is a legitimate traveler visiting the United States for a legitimate purpose,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore. “We are a welcoming nation, and one that gladly accepts visitors who respect our laws.”

The agency said it routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights, and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, counterfeit goods and other illicit items at the nation’s 328 international ports of entry.

On a typical day, it said officers refuse 592 inadmissible persons at US ports of entry.

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