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 […]

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 […]

No immediate status for Jean Rony

The Government does not have to issue immediate status to Bahamian-born Jean Rony Jean Charles, according to a Supreme Court ruling on Friday. Supreme Court Justice, Gregory Hilton, granted a partial stay of his previous landmark ruling, releasing the government from the order pending its appeal of his original judgement. In the meantime, Hilton ordered that […]

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 […]

Illegal immigrants captured in South New Providence

Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) marines discovered a wooden sailing sloop packed with 25 Haitian nationals shortly before 4 a.m. this morning. The marines were acting on a tip from police after the officers apprehended three other undocumented Haitian nationals in the Marshall Road area. Immigration officers also joined the search and investigations are ongoing. […]

Court rules in deported Haitian’s favour

Jean Rony Jean-Charles tearfully embraced his family for the first time in months, moments after he was released from custody pending the outcome of the government’s stay application. After approximately 45 minutes of arguments before Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hilton, legal counsel for the government agreed that Jean-Charles would also not be deported while a […]

Govt. intends to appeal court ruling in immigration case

As the debate over immigration matters continue to rage in the country, Brent Symonette, Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Immigration, said The Bahamas Government intends to appeal a recent court ruling that will allow foreign national, Jean Rony Jean-Charles, to return The Bahamas and apply for status in the country at the Government’s expense. […]