AG: Order in the shanty town case amended

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Attorney General Carl Bethel revealed on Monday that the Order in the shanty town case has been amended. “The order in the shanty town case was amended to prevent any building anywhere in the Bahamas that is not according to code,” Bethel said. “The shanty town case itself has not been sat […]

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Foreign nationals charged with illegal landing, overstaying

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Six foreign nationals were charged in a magistrate’s court last Thursday, March 14, 2019, on charges of illegal landing or overstaying. According to a statement issued from the Department of Immigration, the foreign nationals comprised of five Haitians and one Jamaican, who were arraigned before magistrate Carolina Evans in magistrate court number […]

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Rights Bahamas calls for urgent intervention at Immigration Dept. after US report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Rights Bahamas is calling on the Royal Bahamas Police Force  (RBPF) to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the Bahamas Immigration Department in light of the U.S. Department of State’s 2018 Human Rights Report. The report, released earlier this week on Wednesday, outlined that there has been “widespread, credible” reports that […]

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U.S. govt. highlights corruption in immigration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There have been “widespread, credible” reports that Bahamian immigration officials physically abused detainees and officials “solicited bribes” to either prevent detention following raids or facilitate release, according to the United States government. “Numerous Haitian migrants reported being detained by immigration officials and solicited for bribes of $3,000 Bahamian dollars (one Bahamian dollar […]

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U.S. Human Rights report points to prison, immigration deficiencies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The United States has highlighted a series of shortcomings in The Bahamas’ immigration and detention process as well as its legal framework, and said while there have been efforts to improve procedure as it relates to migrants, gaps remain as it relates to the treatment, conditions and imprisonment of people in this […]

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11 foreign nationals charged for various offences

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 11 foreign nationals were arraigned in a magistrate’s court on Tuesday on various charges ranging from possession of a fraudulent extension stamp, overstaying, illegal landing and engaging in gainful occupation without the right to work. The foreign nationals appeared in court number eight before Magistrate Subusola Swain. A statement […]

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11 foreign nationals charged in court

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Eleven foreign nationals were convicted in a magistrate’s court on Wednesday. The nationals comprised of nine Haitians and two Jamaicans. The nationals were arraigned in magistrate’s court number 11 before Magistrate Kara Turnquest for various immigration offences. A statement released yesterday from the Department of Immigration outlined that the  11 foreign nationals […]

15 foreign nationals convicted in GB magistrate’s court

FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – Fifteen foreign nationals were convicted in a Grand Bahama magistrate’s court on Tuesday, March 5. The foreign nationals comprised of 12 Haitians, two Chinese and one Colombian. The foreign nationals were all arraigned in magistrate’s court number three before magistrate Rengin Johnson and were convicted of the following charges respectively. Delise Gedilis, […]

Haiti’s capital a melting pot of opportunity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – Reporting live from Port-au-Prince Haiti for the next two days, host of Beyond the Headlines, Clint Watson, revealed on Wednesday that despite being known as an impoverished nation with few jobs and political unrest, Haiti’s bustling capital is actually a melting pot of opportunity for those who may be interested in investing. […]

Million-dollar upgrades underway at Immigration Dept.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Multi-million dollar upgrades at the Department of Immigration are helping to strengthen the department’s fight against illicit maritime activity – including human, gun and weapon smuggling, according to immigration minister Brent Symonette. The trafficking of humans, weapons and illegal drugs is an ongoing issue for the immigration department and given the geographical […]

Symomette: Pay work permit fees for face deportation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The immigration department is short of $5 million that has yet to be paid by foreign workers whose work permits have been approved, according to immigration minister Brent Symonette. All persons approved for work permits who have not yet paid their permit fees will be arrested and deported, Symonette revealed. The immigration […]

RBDF rolls out new plans to tackle illegal migration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The multi-million-dollar Sandy Bottom operation, led by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), is steadily preparing the force to increase its efforts to properly secure the country’s borders, according to Captain Philip Clarke, Principal Officer for Strategic Planning and Policy, RBDF. There is a need for the $232 million project to be completed, […]

Deportations to Haiti resume, 112 Haitian nationals to be deported today

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As political unrest begins to quell in Haiti, 112 Haitian nationals are scheduled to depart New Providence today onboard a Bahamasair flight at 7:00 a.m. en route to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. “This will be the first scheduled repatriation flight into Haiti in weeks after the country experienced recent unrest,” outlined a statement released […]

Govt. ministers respond to ongoing unrest in Haiti

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Political unrest continues in Haiti and The Bahamas is on guard for the potential influx of illegal Haitian immigrants, both immigration and foreign affairs ministers confirmed to Eyewitness News Online Monday. The Bahamas embassy ceased operations in Haiti last week and all consular staff were flown back to Nassau. Over the weekend, […]

Mitchell weighs in on halted deportations to Haiti

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Progressive Liberal Party chairman and former minister of foreign affairs, Senator Fred Mitchell, on Monday weighed in on the government’s decision to put a temporary freeze on the deportation of Haitian nationals. A statement released Saturday from the Office of the Prime Minister outlined that due to political unrest and violence in […]

Symonette responds to circulated video of apprehension

Immigration dispels rumours of alleged kidnapping   NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  On the heels of two reports that shed a negative light on the Department of Immigration, Brent Symonette, the minister responsible for immigration, on Monday suggested that the public, instead of criticizing the efforts of officers, should offer their assistance when witnessing matters that may […]