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No evidence of Barbadians detained under new US immigration rules, says PM

February 21, 2017
No evidence of Barbadians detained under new US immigration rules, says PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- No Barbadians are being detained under the new immigration policy being implemented by the United States. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart gave this assurance following media reports that 19 Barbadian nationals had been held as part of a crackdown by immigration...

Commentary: Trump's anti-immigrant policy exposes racism in the Caribbean and Latin America too

February 16, 2017
Commentary: Trump's anti-immigrant policy exposes racism in the Caribbean and Latin America too It is a known fact that the majority of Caribbean people have conservative right wing political values because of their Christian moral values belief. However, surprisingly they are afraid of President Donald Trump’s political values, which are also right wing conservative too, based on Christian...

Former St Kitts-Nevis PM concerned about new US immigration policy

February 1, 2017
Former St Kitts-Nevis PM concerned about new US immigration policy BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed by former St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, now opposition leader, Dr Denzil Douglas, about the potential negative impact of the new US immigration policy implemented by the Trump administration. “We have seen an executive order...

Letter: CGID immigration bulletin

January 31, 2017
Letter: CGID immigration bulletin In light of the change in US administration and drastic changes in US immigration policy, the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) issues the following guidance to immigrants; particularly Caribbean nationals, who are permanent residents (green card holders), out of status or undocumented.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The message in President Trump's Mexico policy

January 21, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The message in President Trump's Mexico policy One of the few issues about which the new president of the United States has been consistent, is his approach towards Mexico. Ever since his extraordinary electoral campaign first began, he has made his intention clear. He would build a wall to stop Mexican and other illegal migrants...

Commentary: Obama puts his foot down: Ends 'wet foot, dry foot' policy

January 21, 2017
Commentary: Obama puts his foot down: Ends 'wet foot, dry foot' policy On January 12, with fewer than ten days left in his presidency, President Barack Obama announced the ending of the Clinton administration’s ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy, effectively removing this unique Cuban exemption from Washington’s standard immigration policies.  The announcement...

Colombia expels more than 20,000 Haitians in 2016

January 17, 2017
Colombia expels more than 20,000 Haitians in 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Sunday, authorities in Colombia revealed that, during 2016, they had expelled from their country nearly 34,000 illegal migrants, including: 20,366 Haitians, 8,167 Cubans, 874 Indians, 570 Congolese and 553 Nepalese, HaitiLibre reported. Foreign migrants were...

Number of Jamaicans denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago reduced by 64 percent

January 14, 2017
Number of Jamaicans denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago reduced by 64 percent KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade has reported a 64 per cent reduction in the number of Jamaicans who have been denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago for the period March to December 2016. Portfolio minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith...

Deportation of Haitians from US resumed

November 11, 2016
Deportation of Haitians from US resumed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The deportation of Haitians to their home country from the US has been resumed, despite the post-Hurricane Matthew recovery situation and the more recent floods in Haiti. Inspector Gary Desrosiers, deputy spokesman of the National Police of Haiti...

Haitians cautioned against using Guyana to Mexico cross-country route to reach US

October 24, 2016
Haitians cautioned against using Guyana to Mexico cross-country route to reach US MEXICALI, Mexico -- Hundreds of Haitians who usually fly or ship-smuggle their way into Guyana, in order to get across the border to Brazil en route to the US-Mexican border are being warned to desist from doing so, as the United States is no longer accepting them. This is as a result of...

Amid new immigration crackdown, CARICOM nationals will now find it harder to travel to the UK

October 6, 2016
Amid new immigration crackdown, CARICOM nationals will now find it harder to travel to the UK LONDON, ENGLAND -- In preparation for the potential fallout from Brexit, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of people coming to Britain to work and study will be...

Panama welcomes US decision to deport Haitians

September 26, 2016
Panama welcomes US decision to deport Haitians PANAMA CITY, Panama -- On Friday, the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, expressed confidence that the flow of Haitian migrants in Central America will decline following the decision of the United States to reactivate the deportation of undocumented Haitians.  Varela noted that...

Tens of thousands of Haitians en route to US, says immigration official

September 24, 2016
Tens of thousands of Haitians en route to US, says immigration official WASHINGTON, USA -- On Thursday, Sarah Saldana, director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Judiciary Committee of the House in Washington that nearly 40,000 Haitians could be on the way to the United States amid what she called an "emergency...

BVI immigration regulations changes take effect September 1

August 17, 2016
BVI immigration regulations changes take effect September 1 ROAD TOWN, BVI -- People who have been working in the British Virgin Islands for five years and are changing employers will no longer be required to leave the territory during the transitioning process. Beginning September 1, changes made to the Immigration and Passport Regulations...

Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform

July 27, 2016
Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform On June 8, United States Coast Guard official Charles David Jr. repatriated 34 Cuban immigrants back to Cuba. This incident recapitulates the recent increase in Cuban immigration to the United States. At the root of this increase lie President Obama’s recent attempts to normalize...

Cayman Islands immigration tribunal finds in gay couple's favour

July 25, 2016
Cayman Islands immigration tribunal finds in gay couple's favour GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Two expatriate lawyers who are in a legal same-sex marriage have won their immigration appeal in the Cayman Islands. Dr Leo Raznovich is now a legal dependent on his spouse’s work permit, settling the question once and for all that...

Commentary: How the US Supreme Court may change the future of undocumented immigration

June 21, 2016
Commentary: How the US Supreme Court may change the future of undocumented immigration By the end of the month the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to make a decision on the US v Texas case. In this case Texas and 25 other states are suing the federal government to stop the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents...

Jamaicans aren't feeling the neighbourly love from Trinidad's airport border control

April 19, 2016
Jamaicans aren't feeling the neighbourly love from Trinidad's airport border control KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica's relationship with its neighbours to the base of the Caribbean archipelago, Trinidad and Tobago, has been an uneasy one for at least the past decade in one specific area -- it believes that its citizens are too often denied entry and unfairly treated when...

Commentary: OBA immigration track record

April 5, 2016
Commentary: OBA immigration track record Ladies and gentlemen, in the following text we will lay out a track record of the UBP/OBA actions regarding immigration in the island of Bermuda. In the lead up to the 2007 election, the UBP headed up by then opposition leader Michael Dunkley pledged to grant status to all PRC holders.

Deported Jamaicans return to US as citizens

September 23, 2015
Deported Jamaicans return to US as citizens WASHINGTON, USA -- Two Jamaicans, Devon Cameron and his sister, Donna Cameron, who were deported as children from the United States 25 years ago, on drug-related offences returned on Sunday 20 to the US as citizens. This was made possible through the assistance of two of Jamaica’s prominent...

Special treatment of Cuban migrants by the US should end, says immigration reform group

September 21, 2015
Special treatment of Cuban migrants by the US should end, says immigration reform group WASHINGTON, USA -- The announced release of 3,500 prisoners in advance of Pope Francis's visit is a hopeful sign of positive change in Cuba. Coupled with the recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States, the announcement indicates substantive political change in...

US extends temporary protected status for Haiti

August 26, 2015
US extends temporary protected status for Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective January 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017. Current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend...

Normalizing relations with Cuba should also mean normalizing immigration policy, says immigration reform group

July 8, 2015
Normalizing relations with Cuba should also mean normalizing immigration policy, says immigration reform group WASHINGTON, USA -- Last week's announcement that the United States is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba should also trigger a repeal of outdated immigration policies that afford special immigration privileges to Cuban nationals, says the country's largest immigration reform group.

Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos

May 23, 2015
Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In mid May, a young Haitian woman and her ten-year-old daughter found that, after five years of legal residency in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), due to government policy they had to return to Haiti to join her siste’rs family struggling in Haiti to survive. She did not want...

Commentary: The need for immigration reform in the United States

December 8, 2014
Commentary: The need for immigration reform in the United States When President Barack Obama first got elected he said that one of his top priority items would be immigration reform. The millions of people who have paid their immigration fees to be processed for them to obtain their permanent residencies, citizenships and those people who have been...

Canada imposes visa requirement on St Kitts-Nevis citizens

November 24, 2014
Canada imposes visa requirement on St Kitts-Nevis citizens BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As of 12:00 pm EST on Saturday, citizens of St Kitts and Nevis now require a visa to travel to Canada. Following the announcement on Saturday, the St Kitts and Nevis government said that nationals in good standing travelling to Canada between...

Trinidad national security minister promises to put an end to illegal immigration

October 18, 2014
Trinidad national security minister promises to put an end to illegal immigration PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Oil- and gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago remains a land of opportunity and currently serves as a haven for 110,012 illegal immigrants. “You are talking about over ten percent of your adult population,” National Security Minister Gary Griffith said following his ministry’s...

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