The Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Immigration Service received the 17 Liberians from the United States on Tuesday, 25 April onboard a chartered flight, as journalist who were on the scene to interview the deportees were prevented by officers of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS).
Given the reason for the deportees not to be interviewed, the Director for Press and Public Affairs, Abraham Dolley the LIS refusal to allow journalists to interview the deportees was that they are Liberians and deserve the right of protection from the Government of Liberia.
Mostly males, the deportees were charged for various crimes committed in the U.S., convicted and subsequently served their sentences before being sent back home. Crimes committed include robberies, rape, street fight and illegal stay in the United States, among others.
They were received by the Liberia Immigration Service and turned over to their relatives, who signed for them with the understanding of three months of psychosocial consoling in order to put them back on track with normal life.
The deported Liberians were transported from the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County onboard a LIS truck with police escort to the LIS headquarters in Monrovia, dressed in white T-shirts with their belongings in rice bags.
A GNN-Liberia Correspondent based in New York, speaking on the status of some Liberians in that part of the world, said there are lots of Liberians who are seriously making ends meet by honestly working and earning enough money for themselves and their relatives back home, while others are just there doing nothing getting themselves involve in several criminal related activities.
“I tell you, lots of Liberians here in the United States are doing very well both on jobs and in their educational pursuit, while others are just here on pleasures, doing nothing for a better livelihood, and are also engage in those activities that are illegal to the American society,” our New York Manhattan Correspondent speaking via mobile phone said.