Tue | Oct 17, 2017

Antigua gov't to foreigners: Abide by our laws or be deported

Published:Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 11:00 AM
Prime Minister Gaston Browne ... "Even if you are a citizen, a naturalised citizen, and you commit certain heinous crimes and you become a threat to national security, we will revoke it and out you go."

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):
The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will adopt a zero tolerance approach to foreign nationals engaged in criminal activities here and will deport them if they are convicted of committing any crime on the island.

‘We are taking a very very tough decision that if you are not a citizen of this country and you violate the laws, especially when it comes to gun laws, almost invariable you are leaving the country,” said Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who told Parliament that his administration will no longer accept criminals from the Caribbean Community.

“If you serve time, when you finish serving your time out you go. This is not a position that we will negotiate,” Browne said, adding “we will come back to this Honourable House to put a provision in the law … that even if you are a citizen, a naturalised citizen, and you commit certain heinous crimes and you become a threat to national security, we will revoke it and out you go.