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100 Migrants Caught At Ragged Island

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

MORE than 100 Haitian migrants were arrested by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers in Ragged Island over the weekend.

This latest arrest, which was part of a joint operation with the Department of Immigration and police on that island, brought the number of Haitian migrants to 537 since the first week of June, according to Tribune records.

Recently Immigration Director William Pratt expressed fears that some of the immigrants who have been flooding the country could have been convicts who fled Haiti after a prison break on that island earlier this month.

According to reports, HMBS Nassau received a tip Saturday night that Ragged Island locals had spotted a Haitian sloop in waters several miles off the southern end of Duncan Town.

With the assistance of local fishermen, island police and immigration officials, authorities conducted an immediate search of the area, which resulted in the apprehension of 105 undocumented Haitians.

The migrants, 76 males and 29 females, were removed from the vessel and taken into custody aboard HMBS Nassau commanded by Lieutenant Commander Raymond King.

Just last week, RBDF officials picked up more than 200 illegal Haitian migrants in two separate incidents that took place between August 19 and 20.

In the first incident on August 19, around 7pm, officials on routine patrol encountered and detained 124 Haitians in Flamingo Cay, off Ragged Island.

Then 12 hours later, defence force marines stationed at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park apprehended 100 Haitian nationals aboard a sailing sloop 10 miles southwest of Warderick Wells Cay.

On July 5, 30 Haitians were detained in Abaco after being taken from a sloop that authorities intercepted.

A week earlier, on June 27, officials intercepted 102 Haitians from Hawksbill Rock, also in Exuma.

And on June 3, law enforcement officers apprehended 76 Haitian migrants from Belle Island in the Exuma chains.

During a recent visit to the Bahamas in June, Haitian President Michel Martelly lamented the loss of lives of his countrymen who make the often treacherous journey to the Bahamas in search of a better life.

He said addressing the issue was one of the reasons he came to the Bahamas to sign bilateral agreements with the government with the hope of creating the kind of opportunities that would improve Haiti’s economy and give Haitians a reason to remain at home.

Comments

PLP_Catastrophe 6 years, 1 month ago

Martelly rounding up he Haitians dem, yellin jump in nex boat for leavin Bahamas next day early, impregnate Bahamas with plenty babeeeee, make plenty shanty towns, quick, all Islands, cause no Bahamian notice shanty towns, Bahamian like shanty towns, make shanty towns right on the street, so people can see you, cause Immigration dem, Policeman, dem, Fred Mitchel dem, PLP dem drive by and dey dont pay NO attention to shanty towns, no body gonna bother you, you are the people who gonna make the Bahamas my next Haitian Nation…. but in meantime, keep sending dat money home to Haiti, to me, so I can stay rich, and get richer, and make the Bahamas more pore, and, por, por, por, ya see, and see you soon in Bahamas when I make next speeches cause soone one day I gonna make Bahamas number 2 “Haitian Nation”, and I leader.

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SP 6 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget Hubert Ingraham has a BIG hand with bringing his Haitian people here too!

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TheMadHatter 6 years, 1 month ago

I have recently changed my mind on the subject of Haitians here in the Bahamas sending all their money back to Haiti.

Now I believe that is just a cover story they themselves started and continue to propagate by making little transfers at the money shops now and then to keep the people fooled.

Money is actually being sent from Haiti to the Bahamas to help feed the Haitians (and their kids) who are here and are unemployed or not sufficiently employed. They are here at the bidding of Haiti and are supported in their efforts (take-over) from Haiti.

Or the other option is that I'm just an idiot who knows nothing.

TheMadHatter

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SP 6 years, 1 month ago

We must have missed something, because the Haitian invasion not only continues but has dramatically escalated since the Haitian President signed new agreements with Christie.

It cannot be a coincidence that Haitians suddenly feel now is the time to bring the rest of the family and friends to the Bahamas.

Why aren't these people interrogated to determine their Bahamas connection and sponsors?

It would be quite easy to find these human smuggling boss's if government wanted to, but big money is involved and I would wager politicians are at the top of the money chain.

It doesn't take a "D" average 7th grader to conclude Christie and Mitchell have an under the table deal in this matrix.

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