Thursday, November 14, 2019

112 Haitians Deported As The Bahamas Recovers From Hurricane Dorian

True to a commitment given by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis regarding illegal immigrants, the Bahamas has deported 112 Haitians.

Minnis had warned illegal migrants they should either leave the country voluntarily or be “forced to leave” following the passage of Hurricane Dorian last month

According to the New York Times, it was unclear how many storm survivors were among 112 Haitians deported.

The publication said while the deportation of Haitians is not uncommon, the matter has been contentious in the aftermath of the monster hurricane.

CMC News reported that the human rights group, Rights Bahamas, has criticised the decision of the government saying it has alerted its international human rights partners to the “government’s savage, cold-hearted and illegal plan”.

Attorney General Carl Bethel said migrants who have lost their jobs as a result of the hurricane “need to go home” even if their work permits have not yet expired.

Amid the controversy that has arisen over the government policy, former Bahamas  Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson questioned whether the country’s immigration policy is racist.

“How could it be fair to round up and deport people who have been for 10, 15, 20 years living and working amongst us?” Maynard-Gibson said in a letter, noting that Bahamians have become bystanders on the immigration issue, according to the Bahamas Herald.

Haitians have long been the victims of stigma in the Bahamas with illegal migration from Haiti to the Bahamas being a sore issue for Bahamian authorities.

 

50 COMMENTS

  1. THAT IS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. THESE PEOPLE SUFFERED TOO DURINGHURRICAN DORIAN. tO THINK THAT THE BAHAMAS WOULD BE THINKING OF REBUILDING THEY ARE DEPORTING PEOPLE? wHAT KIND OF MATERIAL ARE THESE BAHAMAIAN PEOPLE MADE OF? HATIANS OR NO THESE ARE STILL OUR PEOPLE!

    • If you ate in a country illegal or unemployed, you should go home naturally to allow that country to heal and rebuild. It is selfish to stay and be a burden on that country as they try to rebuild. During hirricane urma in turks and caicos the haitian population that built illegally and created shanty towns was destroyed. The international community broadcast a bad picture on that country and the little aid was mainly given to a minority whose home was 90 miles away undamaged.
      Grand Cayman did the same after their hurricane destructionyears earlier, they had to sent all foreigners, work permit holders home until they rebuild.
      The Government of any country need to take care of their people first.

  2. The money ur using to deport people should be in invested to rebuild the country. Put these Hatian to clean the debrie and use other skills they aquire also. Depotation is a wast of resouses.

  3. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS, BY THEIR AC TOINS IS CALLING FOR WORSE THAN DORIAN DURING THE NEXT HURRICANE SEASON. WHAT A HEARTLESS BUNCH. THEY WILL PAY A HEAVE PRRICE FOR THESE ASTIONS.

    • How do you think the Bahamas can take. In every country there are laws. Can we go into unites states or Haiti illegally and not be punish.

    • Romans 13:1-2 says: “Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.”

  4. I will not comment cause the government of Bahamas will not see or read .if I was to send his a** a message I would feel much better.smh

  5. SOON AFTER THE HURRICANE, A LADY AT MY GYM, ORIGINALLY FROM URAGUAY SOUTH AMERICA
    TOLD ME THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE MISSING WERE FROM HAITY. SHE SAID THAT A 200 MPH
    WIND LOCATED AT SOME SPOTS FOR 24 HRS IS NOT NATURAL AND NOT BY CHANCE.. i SAID TO
    HER THAT’S A LOT OR CRAP. SHE INSISTED SAYING, IT’S ALL THAT VODOO AND DEVIL WORSHIP
    IS WHY THESE PEOPLE CANNOT CLIMB OUT OF POVERTY AND MISERY SINCE THE ABOLITION OF
    SLAVERY. CERTAINLY THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE, BUT WHO AM I TO JUDGE, AND WHY THE
    HAITIANS, ONLY GOD KNOWS. FROM MY LOGIC, THAT STORM WAS NOT NATURAL SO LOOK OUT.

  6. The reason Haiti has not been able to climb out of poverty is because there was an naval blockade right after the slaves won their freedom. The ultimatum is pay us for your freedom or we strangle your country to death. What was one of the richest countries in the world was forced to pay a freedom debt until a few decades ago. That amount is equivalent to billions today. Educate yourself. Why didn’t the storm hit Haiti instead?

  7. What makes them special they used the Hatain people and now look the Chinese taking over their country.I was born there in Marsh Harbour..Now I can go back and buy land and build me a nice house they hurt their own people.My parents are Hatain.

  8. All yall sad who committing under this because Bahamian are people to and yall who committing under this why yall don’t take people into yall country yall ant no different because yall ant help the people yall just want talk talk talk the Bahamas is a place of law and great people no matter your nationality but when you break those law that when you cross the line and this is why the world it self like this now because of people like yall who look pass the people who break the law and the world will never change because of people who is make comments like yall

    • Amen. The people who are talking negatively about the Bahamas as Haitian born we need to protect our Bahama Land. When I travel to The United States of America I follow the laws of the Country and don’t over stay. As a matter of fact after seven days I’m ready to come back to the Bahamas. I love my Bahamas and that’s why I’m here to help built it. They’re talking about Bahamians treating Haitians bad the Haitians are
      treating their own bad.

  9. When the Government said the Haitians will stay, Bahamian people complain now they’re deported and they’re complaining!! Let them do their job, they can’t please everyone…

  10. How is giving someone who probably can’t afford it a free ride home a bad thing? If they lost their jobs and they were on a work permit circumstances have changed, so the job ain’t there no more so it is obvious that there is nothing for them to stay here for.

    • Everyone has a comment but where is the solution. Instead of casting blame and half truths, I for one don’t hate or discriminate against any race. If you don’t have status in a country then by all rights you shouldn’t be there, no country wants to be overrunned by illegal immigrants. America build a wall to keep the Mexicans out when they’re found they are deported so why is it so different because it’s being done in the Bahamas. I agree that he should have waited before sending those persons who are illegals back to Haiti right after hurricane Dorian it is in poor taste. Come to the Bahamas the legal way and you will have no worries of being deported is my point.

    • Haitians dont save any money in our banks, they send their all money back to Haiti thru money gram and western union. They dont spend any money in the Bahamas. They dont try to build up the Bahamas in no way. Just take take take. They always put their flag over ours and they love their country. So go home. We dont mind if you are here legally but if you are illegal our small country cannot absorb the cost of carrying them.

  11. This is why when I heard the jamaica tourist board take up we measles 220,000 USD send come a Bahamas I lamented it. Bahamas no behave like it is a part of CARICOM therefore when disaster hit it, them and them ppl must stand on their own two feet.

  12. Can all the persons who are criticizing the Government of The Bahamas, please help the Bahamas by taking in to their homes or countries the illegals, who have received free healthcare, education and land for that matter all these years ?? Any takers??? Any???
    It would be a great help if the countries of the world help The Bahamas by taking in the illegals, NO COUNTRY HAS STEPPED forward!!!
    How long must we the people of the Bahamas bear these burden on our system??
    Bahamian are a kind hearted people and I do agree that everything should be done in respect for human life.

  13. The Bahamas have done more for Haitians than any other country in the Caribbean. There comes a time then the load becomes too much . Let other countries help . Eg the DR, JA ,PR and a few more …. maybe if the Haitians try to make Haiti a better place to live. It will be better for them

  14. What a pity that people who have just received help, including acceptance in other countries could be so cruel instead of taking advantage of the privilege of showing their gratitude. It’s time we make a turn around from “Survival for the fittest” to corporation and collaboration if we want to progress in these times. Love and healing to the Bahamian people

  15. Keep the Bahamas out of caricom. They believe that they are more American Floridians. The only reason that they are in caricom is to remind them that they are black.

    • Ma’am we’re Bahamian and proud we also know we’re black and most of us only like Florida for the cheap shopping so we come LEGALLY AND LEAVE after our trip is done. If you are American have one of the most racist president’s in history. Don’t throw rock if you live in a glass house.

  16. For all of those persons criticising The Bahamas…I am amazed by your generosity. In order to help the Haitians, I believe there are about 20,000 in The Bahamas…petition your government to aid these immigrants by accepting about 5,000 in your country…provide them with citizenship, free health care and education. Then invite them to send for their family and friends to join them in your country. If your government is willing to do that…then you have a right to criticise…If your government is not willing to do this…then sit small.

  17. Laws are laws, however the timing is bad for them to deport these people because emotions are still high following the hurrican. And most black people seem to reason with emotions rather than logic, so they will not be able to see the justification for these actions taken by the Bahamas government. Its their right to protect their boarders, just like the USA has been doing and continues to do,

    When these people CHOOSE to ILLEGALY enter another country, they are CHOOSING to break the law. And have then become CRIMINALS.

  18. The Bahamas is a country with a population of approximately 350 thousand people…there are literally tens of thousands undocumented people there now..and huge boat loads headed every day. The resources of the country in terms of health care ..education …etc.. are being stretched thinner and thinner as the months go by….any Caribbean Nation wanna step forward and take just 10 thousand of these people to help out?? Very few if any Caribbean nations can say that they have this level of an immigration problem especially when you compare population size…the laws are in place for a reason…is it too much to ask that people enter into the country lawfully??…If I break the law, I can expect to be punished..why should it be any different for anyone else?

  19. Most Bahamians complain about the illegal immigrants which invcude Haitians in the islands, but soon as the government start to deport we complain that the government is inhumane.
    If you, Bahamian, enter Haiti illegally you will certainly be deported.
    Any illegal entrants must be deported.
    When the law is broken the consquences must be enforced.
    Enforcing the does not mean you hate thr law breaker.
    Think.

  20. As you sow, so shall you reap,
    The Karmic connection in the world,
    That from which no one can escape,
    What you do to men weaker than thou,
    The hand of God will return in kind.

  21. I congratulate the Bahamian Government for enforcing Bahamian laws, in a most humanitarian way. What is really sad, is while the Haitian government sat and did nothing to help it’s citizens after Dorian, The Bahamas government is the one being criticized. Frankly, the deportees are getting a free ride home, where they can bitch about the government that actually has the duty to protect and provide for them. The Bahamas government only needs to treat them humanely, not to negate immigration laws.

  22. You people saying shame on the Bahamas, why don’t you take the Haitians in your country then? Take the millions of them, idiots.

  23. To all the person’s saying we will reap what we sow n God don’t like ugly… Dorian cleared out 75% of our businesses if they aren’t closed down to rebuild they are just closed in general. So if we as a people right now can’t provide for ourselves how can we provide also for persons who have NO REGARD for us as a nation? To the legal ones we welcome because they do their part. Imagine going to a clinic and your child can’t even be seen because they’re only taking in a certain amount, now imagine me a born working law abiding Bahamian have to go back home because the Haitians that barely speak English and just populating the Bahamas take all the space and don’t even pay vat… He who feels it knows it. Don’t bad mouth because the shoe may be on the other foot.

  24. Laws are laws and will be enforced. Haitians that have legal status are not impacted but are a part of the community. If your are legal there is no issues. If you’re illegal go home on your own free will and accord

  25. Why all you’ll Haitians n people who live illegally in other people country who have a problem, help your people. You’ll wouldn’t act up if the USA government tell you’ll jump, you’ll say how high. So… don’t tell our Bahamian government how to run our Bahamas. Illegals go home, simple. Come back with proper documents. SIMPLE.

  26. So no one is gonna talk about the social acts of treaths and terrorism also the rebellion the Hatians were stirting up in Bahamas via social media platforms. Most countries have not live with hatians when but we have. When they treathen they deliver that treath. So you exspect Bahamas not to take desperate actions to save their people. You guys need to re evaluate this. America has zero tolerrence for vile treats and acts of terrorism why shouldnt Bahamas…

  27. Haitians are the ones responsible for making bahamas into what it is today . their cheap and skill labour. their committment their ideas. their taxes and the extensions they pay to immigration tghe work permits they purchase their groceries they buy the shopping the make and i can go on. haiti is responsible for a great portion of the Bahamas growth and economic development. and like wise the remainder of bahamas is built on and around immigrants. half the population of Bahamas are immigrants from across the carribbean. are you tell me if ten hurricanes hit bahamas you u will deport immigrants to ten differnt countries. its not only haitians are immigrants in Bahamas

  28. The government is not doing enough in the Bahamas . There are more illegal immigrants in our jail , then Bahamian people it’s time to clean out the jail and send all back to their country .

  29. Also they need to do a physical on any illegal migrants with work permits or anyone trying to live in our country . Anyone with HIV coming in to our country need to be deported that’s another big problem in the Bahamas . In America if you looking for a green card you must get a physical before being excepted, anyone with HIV will not be send back .

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