By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said the issue of the US Embassy warning Americans about crime in the Bahamas should be put to rest.
His comments came after the US Embassy recently warned its citizens about crime by highlighting several cases that took place this year.
“I, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, can write the same thing about criminal events in certain parts of Miami, the city of Chicago, the city of New York and Los Angeles,” he said in the House of Assembly yesterday.
“I can tell Bahamians through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that crime is out of control in parts of those cities. I don’t condemn the entire United States because there is crime in Chicago. As a matter of fact, every year we warn Bahamians about their safety and how to protect themselves from being robbed in Miami. We do it at Christmas time. We say to Bahamians, when you go into Miami, be careful where you park your car, be careful when you’re on the highway; if you get bumped, don’t go outside. We at least add three or four occasions during Christmas time every year where people’s passports are stolen from cars in Miami by Bahamians who leave their passports and brief-cases in cars in Miami.”
Mr Mitchell said crime takes place “in any modern state.”
He added: “But every time there is some statement by the US, we get all agitated about it. The government’s history of fighting crime, it’s legacy of fighting crime is unremitted. No one wants anyone to come to this country and be harmed in any way,” he said.