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 […]

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 […]

Magistrate chastises immigration officers for child neglect

Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain chastised the Department of Immigration Officers yesterday, after they were accused of leaving several minor children in an immigration bus outside of court while their mothers’ were being arraigned. Fourteen persons, seven men and seven women stood before Magistrate Swain, each charged with a single count of illegal landing, stemming […]

9 Chinese migrants found in Bahamian waters, processed

Bahamas Immigration officers yesterday processed nine Chinese nationals found in Bahamian waters. According to Immigration Director, Clarence Russell, the migrants were believed to have been heading to the United States when they were intercepted by a United States Coast Guard cutter. Immigration officers rendezvoused with the vessel at the Lucayan Harbour to collect the migrants […]

Hall to Dept of Immigration: Treat Haitians humanely

Bishop Simeon Hall, yesterday, called on the Department of Immigration to treat Haitians ‘fairly and humanely’. The mandate came as part of his address to members of the Berean Evangelical Baptist Church. “I believe every Haitian who can meet the legitimate policies set down by the Immigration Department should be given favourable consideration and regularized […]

Dept. of Immigration debuts new communication, surveillence equipment

The Department of Immigration was outfitted on new state of the art equipment aimed at assisting Immigration Officers with better carrying out their duties. Immigration Director Clarence Russell said the equipment, which includes body cams, dash cams, and two-way radios – will ensure the safety of the officers while carrying out their duties and also […]

RBDF to investigate Haitian sloop landing

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is currently enhancing its detection, tracking and interdiction capabilities according to RBDF Commodore, Telis Bethel, who expressed concern for the recent landing of a Haitian Sloop in the capital on Friday. Last week, Royal Bahamas Police Force officers patrolling the Marshall Road area discovered three undocumented Haitian nationals walking […]