Haitians held in Ba­hamas

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

NAS­SAU, Ba­hamas – The Royal Ba­hamas De­fence

Force (RBDF) said more than 100 il­le­gal Haitian mi­grants, in­clud­ing 24 women, were in­ter­cepted at sea.

The RBDF said that the 124 mi­grants were on board a 40-foot sail sloop ap­prox­i­mately eight miles south of New Prov­i­dence and they have all been turned over to im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials for fur­ther ques­tion­ing.

It said that for the year, it has ap­pre­hended or as­sisted in ap­pre­hend­ing over 400 Haitian mi­grants and that they have “since been charged be­fore the courts for il­le­gal land­ing”.

Ba­hamian au­thor­i­ties have been urg­ing Haitians, who are flee­ing their coun­try for greener pas­tures in the United States and us­ing the Caribbean Com­mu­nity coun­try as a tran­sit point, not to make the dan­ger­ous cross­ing by sea. (CMC)

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