Seven migrants charged with illegal landing; Bahamian charged with harboring them

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — The Department of Immigration said yesterday that seven Haitian migrants were charged with illegal landing and one Bahamian man was charged with harboring them on Wednesday, January 13. The group of migrants, including six men and one woman, was apprehended onboard a motor vessel by immigration officials on Sunday, January 10, […]

44 Cuban migrants repatriated

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Forty-four Cuban migrants, including 40 men and four women, were repatriated to Havana, Cuba, via Bahamassair shortly after 9am today. The migrants were being detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Center, and the repatriation was carried out “in accordance with UNHCR guidelines and collaborating with Cuban Authorities”, a Department of Immigration statement […]

Survey finds strong support for equal rights and women’s ability to pass on citizenship

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nearly 90 percent of Bahamians support the granting of equal rights to Bahamian men and women and equal rights in passing on citizenship, a recent survey has revealed. The Voice of the People Survey conducted by Bahamian information and research company Intel Cay had more than 4,300 respondents. Queswell Ferguson, who heads […]

Immigration Bill: “We need committed loyal persons who are prepared to build”

Minister Johnson says United Nations has provisions for stateless people Immigration overhaul bill still being reviewed NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is seeking to wrap up the revised draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill, 2018, said Minister of Immigration Elsworth Johnson yesterday. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, Johnson noted that officials are feverishly going through the bill, […]

Immigration minister says nothing amiss with transfer of immigration officers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Amid speculation surrounding the transfers of several immigration officers within the department, Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson yesterday said the decisions were not based on suspicions of corruption. Johnson was referring to rumors that more than 20 officers who were transferred from the Monarch House building, including Bahamas Customs, Immigration, and Allied Workers […]

Scores of immigration officers test positive for COVID-19

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Immigration minister Elsworth Johnson yesterday confirmed “no less than 30” Immigration officers have tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson declined further comment when pressed for more details ahead of a Cabinet meeting. Director of Immigration Clarence Russell yesterday confirmed some 29 immigration officers have have had to quarantine during the pandemic. Russell declined […]

No funds for constant repatriations

Immigration minister urges Bahamians to take COVID-19 seriously NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson yesterday said the country could not afford constant repatriations of undocumented migrants apprehended in Bahamian waters. Johnson underscored the cost was not only financial, pointing to risks to livelihood as the country grapples with rising coronavirus cases. His comments come […]

No new work permits, says Immigration minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson advised today that the department will not be approving any new work permits – except in “extreme circumstances”. Johnson told reporters outside Cabinet that as the country goes through its second wave of COVID-19 cases, the government is seeking to enforce protections for Bahamian workers “We are not […]

MOFA: No position yet on U.S./Bahamas travel

Bahamas Miami Consul General warns against non-essential travel to Florida NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said yesterday that the government has yet to determine an official position on travel to COVID-19 hotspots in the United States. Henfield noted that the prime minister chaired a meeting yesterday with the Minister of Tourism, […]

Smith: Proposed Immigration Bill “a step in the right direction but not enough”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Activist and lawyer Fred smith, QC, yesterday described the government’s proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2018 as “a step in the right direction but not enough”. The new bill seeks to finally address the long-standing problem of statelessness and the rights of Bahamians to pass on their citizenship. In an interview with […]

10 foreign nationals charged with various offenses

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two Colombians and one Haitian were arraigned in the Freeport magistrate’s court #2 before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson on March 29, 2019. Gary Alexander Paez Manotas and Diana Mireya Quintero Briceno were arrested on March 28, 2019 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The duo was charged with Overstaying and both were fined $3,000 each […]

Defence Force responds to Sightings of “Poachers”

Recently reported sightings of poachers in Bahamian waters turned out to be a false alarm.  On Thursday, August 23, the Defence Force received information that two foreign vessels were spotted by Bahamian fishermen and locals around 10:00 a.m. approximately two nautical miles east of Cape Santa Maria, Long Island. An RBDF patrol craft was directed to investigate […]

RBDF rescues boaters

Two boaters are grateful to be home after they were rescued from their disabled vessel by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force late Thursday night. The Bahamian men left Riverwatch Marine in Florida on Wednesday morning en route to Abaco onboard a 29-ft Cabin Cruiser. After they did not arrive at their destination within the expected time, concerned […]

Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara in waves

ASSAMAKA, Niger (AP) — From this isolated frontier post deep in the sands of the Sahara, the expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds. They look like specks in the distance, trudging miserably across some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain in the blistering sun. They are the ones who […]

More illegal Haitians breach Bahamian borders

Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers captured nearly 300 illegal Haitian migrants in three separate incidents waters surrounding Inagua over the weekend, officers said. RBDF reported that the first incident, which occurred on Friday, saw the capture of nearly 100 migrants shortly before 8:00 p.m. on a sloop just over 20 miles south east of […]