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Haitians Caught In Joint Op

NEARLY 200 Haitian migrants were apprehended during a joint operation by law enforcement officers in waters off Inagua.

According to a statement from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, authorities have stepped up enforcement efforts at the country’s southern border, because it continues “to be an area of concern” for the agency.

The RBDF said as a result of this and shared intelligence, 185 Haitian migrants were apprehended late Friday during a joint operation by the RBDF, Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT - a tripartite agreement between the US, Turks and Caicos and Bahamas) and Turks and Caicos authorities.

“While on routine patrol, an OPBAT helicopter spotted a 30-foot low profile, wooden vessel at 5pm approximately 24 (nautical miles) off Little Inagua with an unknown number of persons onboard,” the RBDF said. “Turks and Caicos authorities, OPBAT and the defence force operations were immediately alerted, and each entity directed an asset assigned to the area to intercept.”

HMBS Bahamas arrived on scene shortly after 11pm with permission from Turks and Caicos foreign affairs officials to assist in removing the migrants from their unsafe sloop. Eighty-four migrants were taken aboard the USCG Cutter, which was transferred to TCI authorities, and the 101 migrants onboard HMBS Bahamas were transported to Mathew Town, Inagua for further processing by immigration authorities on that island.

The RBDF said it has been implementing measures to address threats and challenges of the influx of migrants from Haiti, “especially as the southeasterly winds become more favourable for an easier sojourn into the Bahamas from Haiti and also in light of the more than two months of demonstrations that the neighbouring country has been experiencing in recent times.”

The agency also said: “The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is actively monitoring changes in illicit trends and patterns which are expected to occur and for which the RBDF must anticipate, adapt and adjust for proactively.”

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 1 month, 3 weeks ago

If it weren't for the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. OPBAT personnel, the entire population of Haiti - all five million Haitians - would be in the Bahamas right now. The RBDF is simply taking the credit for the hard work of others. Truly pathetic!

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bogart 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Population are around 11,000,000 to 12,000,000 in each Haiti, Cuba, and Dominican Republic. Large amounts from groups 33,000,000 to 36,000,000 wanting to be in the Bahamas and then closer to US. Data imprecise with large untrackable amounts of population.

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stillwaters 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Haiti has between 11 and 12 million people in their half of that island.

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stillwaters 1 month, 3 weeks ago

And regardless of what we Bahamians think, not all Haitians want to be here.

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joeblow 1 month, 3 weeks ago

...are they the Haitians leaving voluntarily in droves??

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stillwaters 1 month, 3 weeks ago

No, I meant those still in Haiti who are doing well there.

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jamaicaproud 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the friendly reminder. It's bad. However even if 10% of the population desired and tried to leave, it would overwhelm Bahamaland in a day.

Just a bad combination of geography, economics, and politics.

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TheMadHatter 1 month, 3 weeks ago

...and combined with that - you NEVER see the face of a Bahamian business owner being brought into court charged with hiring an illegal. Those special photo ops are reserved for low level drug pushers and accused murderers on their way to a 2 night prison stay followed by release on bail. No Bahamians are ever charged with hiring illegals. Not one has appeared in the news in the last 3 years. Haitians in their homeland know this.

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