Regional Immigration Officers under fire

Some regional Immigration Officers have come under fire for their mistreatment of Caricom nationals.

The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves, has said that some of the officers should be sanctioned and restrained.

He told the Saturday Sun that those who cannot function in the post should be placed elsewhere.

The comments of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines leader come in the wake of fresh complaints by at least two Jamaican women and a pregnant Guyanese about their treatment at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Gonsalves said the real problem was not regional governments, but rather lay with the refusal of some immigration officers to carry out the law as specified in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) case involving Jamaican Shanique Myrie.

Myrie was awarded damages in the sum of US$38,000 by the CCJ after she filed a lawsuit claiming she was subjected to a dehumanizing cavity search by a female immigration officer at Grantley Adams International Airport, locked in a filthy room overnight and deported to Jamaica in March 2011.

The CCJ had also ruled that Barbados should foot the bill of Myrie’s legal costs and said the action was a serious breach of her right of entry into that country.