Former Police Commissioner, Cuthbert Phillips, has said that Saint Lucia should prepare for an influx of deportees, including criminal deportees, from the United States as a result of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
While asserting that he did not have all the facts and does not know exactly what will happen, Phillips told the Times that based on what is being heard, Saint Lucia should start to prepare in the event that Saint Lucians living in the United States should be sent back home.
“My advice would be that you have a National Security Advisory Council which should meet and start discussion about ways and means that if such a thing would happen, how they would handle the situation,” Phillips told the Times.
According to Phillips, who served as Saint Lucia’s Police Commissioner from 1982 to 1988, there are two categories of deportees that could be expected back home – persons who have been staying illegally in the United States and criminal deportees who have committed crimes in the US.
Just yesterday President Donald Trump celebrated what he called “a military operation” to round up and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes or caused violence in the United States.
“We’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country – and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before,” Trump told a group of several dozen manufacturing executives during a policy discussion at the White House.