Monday, June 5, 2023

74 Illegal Migrants Repatriated

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74 Haitian nationals were repatriated to their home country on Monday morning.

The details

  • The Department of Immigration repatriated 57 adult Haitian men, 3 boys, 13 adult Haitian women, and 1 girl to Port-au-Prince, Haiti onboard a Bahamasair flight.
  • The group consisted of 21 convicted adult migrants lawfully detained and processed in Long Island and an additional 53 migrants who were lawfully detained and processed for Illegal Landing in South Andros over the Holiday Season.
  • The repatriation exercise was led by Senior Immigration Officer Vonetta Darling Flowers and a team of eight (8) officers from the Department’s Enforcement Unit.

What Immigration said

“The public is reminded that the Department of Immigration is committed to carrying out the mandates of our agency to combat illegal migration by establishing effective border
control management to ensure compliance with the Statute Laws of our country.

“We further wish to remind members of the public that it is a criminal offense punishable
by law to harbor illegal migrants in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

The big picture

  • 45 adult Haitian nationals were found in Long Island after the vessel ran aground the day after Christmas, and 51 were found in Mar’s Bay, Andros on three days after Christmas.

Featured Image: File photo Dept of Immigration

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