Even as aid is being sought for more 100 Venezuelans migrants found hiding in the Palo Seco area, 46 others appeared in court this morning charged with entering the country illegally.
The majority of them were convicted and ordered to pay fines of $2,000 and $3,000.
They were given three months to pay the fines or serve six and four months in jail. Most were men and they came into the country at different dates between last August and this month.
After appearing before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor the migrants were taken away in prison vans.
On Thursday, more than 100 Venezuelan men, women and children were held by police in the Palo Seco area.
They arrived in the country via boat and were hiding in the forests.
They were later given shelter at a sports complex in Siparia and Good Samaritans provided them with food and clothing. Medical care was also provided.
Those migrants have been given permission to stay here until the end of July.
- by Sascha Wilson