Jamaican woman raises fresh claim of inhumane treatment by T&T Immigration

Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque says he is not aware of an incident, which was Thursday's Jamaica Observer front-page story, in which a Jamaican woman and her four-month-old son were denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago, and as a result he was reluctant to comment on the issue.

The woman, who is from St Mary, has accused Trinidad immigration of inhumane treatment.

“I am not aware of the incident at all, so I am a little bit reluctant to comment on something that I am not aware of,” LaRocque said yesterday.

Two Venezuelan women held in Penal, handed over to Immigration

Two Venezuelan women are now in the custody of the Immigration Division, after being held by officers of the South Western Division, during an anti-crime exercise in the Penal district.

During the exercise, supervised by Sgt. Sheldon Ablacksingh, several drug blocks were searched between 2 am on Monday 4th June, 2018 and 7 am on Tuesday 5th June, 2018.

There, officers had cause to detain two women, whom they suspected of being in the country illegally.

Three Venezuelans held and handed over to Immigration officers

Three Venezuelan nationals were arrested by officers of the South Western Division, during an anti-crime exercise in the South Oropouche district earlier this morning, police said in a statement Monday.

Whilst on patrol, officers conducted inquiries at the Blue Door Bar, Belle View, South Oropouche, around 2 am on Monday 21st May, 2018, when they had cause to detain two women, ages 25 and 30, and a 58-year-old man of Venezuela.

The immigrants were conveyed to the Fyzabad Police Station and subsequently handed over to officers of the Immigration Division.

After escaping Immigration custody, man held on port trying to head to Tobago

Police have detained a Guyanese national who has been on the run for some time, after entering the country illegally.

The man was arrested as he attempted to board the ferry to Tobago this afternoon at the Ferry Terminal in Port-of-Spain.

Reports indicate that the man had escaped Immigration custody and was also wanted on a crime of petty larceny.

The man was arrested after the vehicle plate he arrived in triggered turned up as a vehicle wanted by police.

Three days before deportation, President of Venezuela's Foreign Policy Committee asked T&T to release them

Just three days before 82 Venezuelan nationals were repatriated from Trinidad & Tobago to Venezuela, the President of the Foreign Policy Committee of the National Assembly of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela, Luis Florido, wrote to T&T's Ambassador in Caracas, Paul Byam, calling for the men to be released from T&T's Immigration Detention Centre on humanitarian grounds.

The letter stated that the Venezuelans were seeking to escape the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, adding that "this is not a crime".

27 Venezuelans held & handed over to Immigration Division

Twenty-seven Venezuelan nationals were arrested during an anti-crime exercise, conducted by officers of the Southern Division, in the Barrackpore district, over the weekend.

Officers of the Southern Division Task Force and San Fernando Criminal Investigation Department conducted the exercise, which was supervised by ASP (Ag.) Peter Ramdeen and Insp. (Ag.) Don Gajadhar, between 3 am and 11 am on Saturday 7th April, 2018.