Border security between T&T and Venezuela is being stepped up in anticipation of an increased influx of Venezuelans following the crisis in that country, says National Security Minister Stuart Young.
At yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing he said, “As things develop and if they develop in a manner that’s not one of calm we - being one of the neighbouring countries to Venezuela - can expect an influx of immigrants.”
Political analyst Prof John La Guerre is warning Government to brace for an influx of Venezuelans seeking political asylum in T&T as the crisis in that country unfolds.
La Guerre was speaking with Guardian Media, as he weighed in on Venezuela's mounting turmoil, following Wednesday's protest action by thousands against President Nicolas Maduro.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, Venezuela reported 12 deaths and scores injured as the crisis escalated.
Twelve CARICOM countries have adopted a position of non-interference and non-intervention in the political impasse in Venezuela.
CARICOM heads of government and foreign ministers met on Thursday evening on the matter.
They've agreed as well to facilitate dialogue with a view towards resolving the crisis.
CARICOM Heads of Government are at this time holding a special emergency meeting via video-conference to address the ongoing situation in Venezuela.
Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley and Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs the Hon Denis Moses are in attendance.
The announcement was made by the Office of the Prime Minister's Twitter feed.
We will have more on this when there is further information.
The United States has pledge US$20 million in humanitarian aid to Venezeula, as it seeks to ensure that Venezuelan oil revenue goes to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who swore himself in as interim president, and to cut off money from the increasingly isolated President Nicolas Maduro.
The announcement signals that Washington is willing to go beyond traditional diplomatic measures and will seek to drain cash from Maduro's government which is already struggling under an unprecedented economic meltdown.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has cut off diplomatic relations with the United States, the biggest importer of Venezuelan oil, and said American diplomats had 72 hours to leave the country.
"Before the people and nations of the world, and as constitutional president. .... I've decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government," Maduro told a crowd of red-shirted supporters gathered at the presidential palace.