Media Statement on Information Regarding Deportees

The United States government only deports convicted criminals back to their country of origin in consultation with that country’s government. In the case of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown sends a letter to local police or other relevant local authorities informing them of the crime for which the individual is being deported, all pertinent information about the logistics of their return, and how local law enforcement can receive more detailed information regarding the criminal history of the individual.

The lead U.S. government agency conducting deportations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes threats to national security, public safety, and border security. More detail on the agency’s enforcement priorities can be found in the memorandum available for review at this link (PDF 137 KB) at

It is the view of the United States that each country has an international obligation to accept the return of its nationals who are not eligible to remain in the United States or any other country.