The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration makes statement on illegal immigrants from the Republic of Haiti
Aug 26, 2010 - 9:12:03 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page


PRESS STATEMENT

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration

26 August 2010

Nassau, Bahamas
 

There appears to have been some confusion relative to comments I made in an interview with the media on Wednesday, 25 August, as to the time frame for the resumption of apprehension exercises of illegal immigrants from the Republic of Haiti or any other country.   

On 16 August, I issued a statement noting: “Persons who are found to be in The Bahamas illegally will be repatriated forthwith.”  In the interest of allowing illegal immigrants who wished to leave immediately and voluntarily to do so, the Government has allowed for a brief period of voluntary repatriation.  

That period will end on 31 August, 2010.  Apprehension exercises will resume as of 1 September, 2010, consistent with my statement of 16 August relative to the resumption of such exercises:   

“Having regard to the recent heightened infringement of Bahamas Immigration Law, notice is hereby given that with immediate effect, all illegal immigrants are requested to leave The Bahamas voluntarily.  

“All persons who are here illegally are in contravention of the laws of The Bahamas, and are advised to return to their country of origin or be subject to apprehension and deportation.”  

My statement of 16 August reminded the general public of the Government’s long-standing policy with respect to illegal entry into The Bahamas.  I also wish to recall the humanitarian decision of The Bahamas in suspending for a short period both apprehension and repatriation exercises following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January of this year.  

The Government has resumed repatriation exercises for illegal immigrants from Haiti.  Over the past 6 months 772 Haitian and 183 Jamaican nationals have been repatriated to the Republic of Haiti and Jamaica.  

The resumption of both apprehension and repatriation exercises are critical elements in the Government’s comprehensive immigration policy.  This includes deterring illegal immigrants, irrespective of country of origin, from seeking to enter The Bahamas illegally.

Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2010 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Enter your Email Address


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Bahamas Information Services Updates
Latest Headlines
Bahamas Prime Minister's statement on Baha Mar bankruptcy filing
117th Philippine Independence Celebrations Attended by Bahamas Governor General
Sen. Allyson Maynard-Gibson ‏ 2015/2016 Budget Presentation
Bahamas Applauded for Its Hosting of 19th CCEM
Minister Darville Visits ICAN‏
Grand Bahama Students Receive Orientation Before Reporting to Summer Jobs
Senator Maynard Gibson remarks to the Bahamas Bar Association
Minister Fitzgerald closing remarks at 19CCEM
(Photos) 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM)
Bahamian Culture on Display at 19th CCEM
Mitchell responds to critics and updates the media on immigration matters
Bahamian Wins A Top Award in Photo Competition in China
Design for Change receives Top Good Practice Award at 19CCEM
Hon. Keith Bell 2015/2016 Bahamas Budget Communication
19CCEM Commonwealth Recognition Awards for Outstanding Young Delegates
St. John’s Alumnus Hope Strachan Cheers Graduating Class
Social Services Minister Introduces RISE at Town Meeting
Bahamas Immigration responds to Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
Education Critical to Tackling Challenges Faced by the Commonwealth
Bahamas responds to 2014 United States Human Rights Report
19CCEM Official Photograph
Bahamas showcased in Mexico City at BFSB "Landfall" event
Bahamas PM Says Role of University Key in Scripting National Development
(Photos) 19 CCEM Youth Forum in Session‏
19CCEM Youth Forum Participants Enjoy a Night at Balmoral Club
19CCEM Small States Forum Ponders Strategies for Resiliency
85 Bahamians Selected to Take Part in the First China-Bahamas Bilateral Training Programme
Education for All (EFA) Goals Not Achieved
Hawksbill Creek Agreement Report Presented to the Prime Minister
Airport Post Office Re-Opens
Bahamas Governor General hosts COBUS Board Induction Ceremony‏
NEMA developing Disaster Preparedness Management Plans for schools
Bahamas Gov't responds to Tribune article “Activist Calls for Clearer Details on Rise in Child Abuse”
"Unauthorized and Frivolous Use of a Government Ambulance in Marsh Harbour, Abaco" says Bahamas Ministry of Health Statement
Countdown to opening of 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers
Bahamas seeking to protect the Fly Fishing Industry
Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to The UN Office in Geneva officially opens
Acklins Regatta announced for July 31- August 3
Twenty-two females help launch ‘Women in Politics’ Course
Association Launched to Promote Cat Island to the World