New concerns over criminal deportees

New concerns over criminal deportees

National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, has said that an increasing number of criminal deportees has become a matter of concern for local authorities.

La Corbiniere has disclosed that the deportees are involved in very serious criminal activities overseas.

He described them as basically being trained criminals.

“I am sure that some of these deportees have international links, be it with ISIS or other bodies or agencies, but they have criminal links that are very worrisome,” the Minister declared.

He asserted that the issue was one that authorities here have to address.

However La Corbinierre explained that the matter of resources and capacity sometimes looms large.

“You cannot follow all of these people around and put all the resources you have into that area, but we are doing as much as we can,” he said.

The United States has deported thousands of convicted criminals to the Caribbean annually since 1996.

That’s when the US Congress mandated that every non-citizen sentenced to a year or more in prison must be kicked out of the country upon release.

In all, is is estimated that the US is responsible for about three-quarters of the Region’s returning criminal deportees, with the United Kingdom and Canada accounting for most of the other ex-cons arriving in the Caribbean.

Caribbean governments had argued that the deportees were contributing to an escalation of crime and high levels of violence.

Washington had responded by introducing a programme to help reintegrate the deportees.

However after recording no significant success, the initiative was eventually scrapped.


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  1. Justice
    February 23, 2016 at 7:52 pm Reply

    What wrong with La Corbs. First was he have no financial resources for the police. His budget cut back. he cant organize CCTV cameras.
    Next he say he want to have monitoring ankle bracelets. Weh the money coming from.
    Now he say our police are ready to deal with an ISIS threat. Weh the money came from to organize that.
    Now he afraid of deportees and say they have ISIS contacts but forget he say our force is ready for ISIS.
    Talking nonsense every time he speak. Clueless

  2. Anonymous
    February 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm Reply

    We first shud not be concern about isis buh let’s look at murder and car thieft ,that’s the field I feel the deportees are in and not terrorism. a

  3. Anonymous
    February 24, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply

    If some of is still want to try and pretend like we are not seeing what the government is doing then we are just too political. First LA cobinere said there was no money for CCTV cameras so budget was cut back, then he said our police was ready to deal with Isis, now he is saying je is concerned about deportees having links with isis, PLEASE. Just shutting up could do them some good.

  4. Harold Edwards
    March 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm Reply

    La Corb, is the product of Kenny promoting his UWP cronies at the expense of the country and loyal SLP supporters.
    He is undoubtedly the worst minister in modern St?lucian politics. Arrogant , elitist and contemptuous of the rank an file.
    The sooner he jettisoned to the scrap yard of failed politicians the better for us all.

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