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Brazilians And Haitians Fail In Bid To Enter Us From Bahamas

The Brazilian immigrants who were apprehended in Grand Bahama.

The Brazilian immigrants who were apprehended in Grand Bahama.

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

NEARLY a dozen Brazilian immigrants were discovered at a local resort in Freeport, and 27 illegal Haitians were brought back to Grand Bahama after a failed smuggling attempt into the United States early this week.

Bahamas immigration authorities reported that sometime around 10am on Monday they received information concerning a group of Brazilians who were preparing to take steps to be smuggled to the United States.

A team of officers, headed by Senior Immigration Officer Jerome Hutcheson, went to a hotel in Grand Bahama where they discovered some 10 men in five rooms.

The men had all entered The Bahamas legally from Brazil and were landed in Nassau on different dates and were given various lengths of stay in the country.

They told immigration officials that they stayed in Nassau for a few days before travelling to Freeport.

Authorities discovered that five of the men had been deported from the United States and were attempting to re-enter that country.

The group was taken to the Department of Immigration where they were processed.

On Sunday, a group of 27 illegal Haitian immigrants and a Bahamian were discovered aboard a vessel, which was intercepted by the US Coast Guard some 4.5 miles off the Lakeworth Inlet, Florida.

There were 14 men, 12 women, and one minor. The Bahamian man who was operating the boat was taken to Florida to face charges, but the illegal immigrants were brought back to The Bahamas and handed over to Bahamian authorities in Grand Bahama.

According to Department of Immigration press officer Napthali Cooper, the USCG Cutter Robert Yered arrived at Lucayan Harbour around 5.45pm on Sunday.

After being turned over to officials in Grand Bahama, the Haitians claimed that they had left Haiti and were at sea for seven days.

However, officials did not believe the group was at sea for that long given the good physical condition that they were in. It is believed that they had left The Bahamas because the vessel was operated by a Bahamian.

The Brazilians and the Haitians were flown to New Providence on Tuesday and taken to the Detention Centre to await repatriation.

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Fitmiss 3 years, 5 months ago

So they were trying to leave, albeit illegally, but we detained them. Why? So we can board them at the country's expense, run the risk of the Zika virus (not stereotyping and saying they have it) and then we deport them at our further expense. Even the US Coast guard returned them to us. This speakers volumes.

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

ha, maybe they take some of our STD's to Brazil?

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

and again there is no crackdown on the Bahamian enablers.

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Godson 3 years, 5 months ago

They are not necessarily Bahamian but they live and reside here...

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Godson 3 years, 5 months ago

Look... we are underestimating the outfall of this Zika virus. It has major implication and all the issues we are complaining and being confronted with is pale in the light of this disease; and the fact of its transmission. It is borne by mosquitoes and sexually transmitted.

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TruePeople 3 years, 5 months ago

Zika crazy right now. I don't know how i never heard of this virus till couple weeks ago and this thing is now an international emergency.... wtf

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