‘HUMANELY’ DETAINED: Govt considers Inagua holding facility after more than 700 Haitian migrants apprehended in past week

Delegation traveled to Inagua over the weekend to ensure there was not a “humanitarian incident” Haiti’s PM calls for respectful treatment of refugees  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper said over the weekend that in the long term, the government hopes to implement a holding facility on Inagua to temporarily house migrants who […]

IMMIGRATION CONUNDRUM: AG to review court intervention in repatriation of undocumented migrants

“A mistake was made by the last admin by agreeing that everybody has to go to court…before they can be deported” Another 400+ undocumented migrants apprehended late last night NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell said yesterday that the government has requested the attorney general to review the […]

BALANCING ACT: Mitchell says govt’s approach to shantytowns must consider both intl obligations and local laws

“It is the job of the minister and his government to find the right balance” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday urged the government to find the “right balance” in managing unregulated shantytowns and following its international treaties. Mitchell’s comments come days after United Nations human rights experts called […]

Migrants arraigned before Freeport magistrates for infractions of immigration laws

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — Six Brazilian nationals and one Haitian national were on Tuesday arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith on charges of overstaying in The Bahamas, according to a Department of Immigration press statement. According to a Department of Immigration press statement, all of the migrants pleaded guilty and were ordered to remain in immigration […]

RELENTLESS: Bannister warns “decisive action” planned for Abaco shantytown

New affidavit seeks to protect “ethnic Haitian organic communities” on island NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister yesterday gave notice to Parliament that the government will take “decisive action” against a shantytown on Abaco known as The Farm, insisting the effort “is going to be relentless”. The minister said there were “legal […]

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, […]