Saint Lucia urged to brace for US deportee influx

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.



  1. LB
    February 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Ever forward thinking Phillipsy. He is so right.

  2. RR
    February 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Dear Trump,

    To all those Lucians staying abroad illegally and showing off like they living the high life and wanna talk down on their own Lucians, I miss them dearly and will welcome them at HIA.

    Kind Regards,


  3. Anonymous
    February 24, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Rr you are a wicked and vile person. Vieux jalousie.

    1. Sofunny
      February 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Bitter some what?

    2. Anonymous
      February 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      i dont understand you. i hope u know the meaning of wrong and strong. because thats exactly what you are now. after u or them do wrong by overstaying in the people country, u want to be strong again. we are darn hypocrites in this place.

  4. Anon
    February 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Didn’t our prime minister say that he would support the Donald? At least he could ask him to be lenient on Saint Lucians. Oh, by the way, soon we won’t need visas to go to the US because things will be so NICE (no, not for the NICE workers, stupid) in Fair Helen!!! Well, let’s wait and see. Berlerlesh!! 🙁 🙁 🙁

    1. Anonymous
      February 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Berlerlesh for what?????????????

      1. Anon
        February 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm

        For the prime minister saying that he’d support such a cruel man. Now we are facing the consequences of him being elected as leader of the ‘so called’ free world.

      2. Anonymous
        February 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

        Well to be fair, the man does have a right according to US law to deport illegal immigrants especially those who have committed a crime. You can’t fault him for that. And these things have been happening long before Trump.

      3. Anonymous
        February 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

        It’s worse under him. Even those who have not committed any crime will be deported, so……! They’re being deported by the thousands. Never done before!! Trump is a cruel and vindictive OLD man with a CARROT TOP on his head.

      4. Ginny
        February 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        What makes him cruel? Becsuse6 the man is a leader who wants to take care of his country and clean it up. He should be the Head of St Lucia. Would make quite a BIG difference with the situation down there.
        Now go to bed. Oh take a pill too.

    2. Sofunny
      February 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      It’s your country and a thin line between “them and “us”… everyone will be affected adversely too. Our youth will get new jobs OK. …sadly it’s as a bother recruit ..who we will later cry over because they’ve been killed in the street somewhere. Never wish bad on people because Satan has no favourites …he means us all I’ll. ..especially our young people. Watch out…and pray.

  5. Anonymous
    February 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Yall can’t even deal with the criminals here so how will deal the those dat will be deport choppps

    February 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I agree wit u 100% ANON

    1. Anonymous
      February 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Soon SLU WILL HAVE TO DEPORT persons here because they still mentally enslaved. They see all problems have no solutions but run their mouth.

      1. Anonymous
        February 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm


  7. 666
    February 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Don’t accept them…return to sender!

  8. Anonymous
    February 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    stfu rr not ppl fault u didnt get visa to go foreign

  9. Smarteyes
    February 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Agree with 666

  10. God's son
    February 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    That’s a (Word deleted) story. We should be more worried about the criminals in this government that the deportees we MAY get.

  11. Sofunny
    February 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Some people are bitter and twisted…some are blaming the Government. ..nothing has changed there….😁😂😂😂😂
    Well if they didn’t make it there they can’t make it anywhere. To thyself be true.
    If you’re not coming back to set up your own business…well at least think of and look after your barel babies…they have been going astray long enough. Well it’s about time you took responsibility for your youth…make St.Lucia Great! ♡♡

  12. Sharon terrell
    February 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    America should keep them ,but tha twill never happen.In the mean time a few well caged concentration camps will be just fine to house them,with some high security and survailance cameras.We cannot have tbese tyrants joining the others on our streets.

  13. Just saying
    February 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I see most of us take this as a joke. Dont you realize the implications this will have on our island if this happens. Lets outline a few.
    1) the state of things here will be to slow for these people. If you know anything about america you will well be aware of the pace at which people move.
    2) more advanced criminals. The little we have here is already to much for us to handle and we cannot deny that some of them will look to join the fast way to make money. After all they have to eat so you know what comes next.
    3) financial strain on the pockets of an already broke island. If and when they end up in the prison…. this speaks for its self.
    4) lack of employment. We are underpopulated yet we are the most uneducated and unemployed. We fight progress instead of embracing it. So where are we going to get work for these individuals. This ties in nicely with point 2.
    3) housing. Lets presume that some of these people have been gone for over ten to fifteen years. Do you think that individual can just move back into moms house? What if mom has been dead for years. What if the reason the individual moved to the US was to get away from mom in the first place?
    I can go on and on just to attempt to enlighten you about the dangers this deportation order poses on our small island. We can sit and laugh make fun of the situation until we fall victim to one who violated us out of desperation. Think about it. Just saying

  14. Anonymous
    February 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    A vincentian national has been picked up by the us immigration and send back home.
    however they kept his watch reason being his watch is a citizen

  15. Anonymous
    February 25, 2017 at 2:34 am

    I am not a fan of the Donald but he has the right to deport illegal immigrants just like any other country.

    1. Anonymous
      February 25, 2017 at 6:20 am

      When you see things are written with mo care in the world, you get to understand why people on earth are so hurtful to each other. Today is theirs but tomorrow will be yours. Wish for bad on people and negative things will befall you soon or later.

      1. Anonymous
        February 25, 2017 at 10:29 am

        I am not wishing bad on anyone. As a matter of fact, I have family member in the US that are illegal immigrants. Do I want them deported? Of course not. They have good lives. As much as it would sadden me to see them deported I cannot be angry with Donald Trump for exercising his rights just like our St.Lucian Immigration Department has the right to deport any illegal immigrant.

    2. Anonymous
      February 27, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Oh yeah?

  16. humble
    February 25, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I remember when Mr.Chastanet said in 2016 that the US deported hundreds of illegal emigrants to St.Lucia and other Caribbean islands everybody called him a liar .He must have had a vision into the future or must have seen it coming hmm…

  17. Anonymous
    February 25, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    ppl like yall that calling things on others Lucians I eh know how yall in government cause yall watching CNN news and then coming back and talking all crap cause Donald Trump never said anything about the Caribbean he spoke about the criminals and Mexicans. Get yall facts Straight before making any statements stop scaring the people

  18. Anonymous
    February 25, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Sad to say, whether its caribbean people or Mexicans the man is doing good on his promises that he made during his campaign. I, too, have families in the US and it would be sad to see them deported, because that means they will never be able to visit their own children whom they are forced to leave behind. Have you given any thought to the children who will have to be left behind when their parents are deported? That, my fellow citizens is the real problem.

  19. Anonymous
    February 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    What bugs me is the Lucians who are illegally residing in the USA and they and all their business all over Facebook – they dont [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] – why should we

  20. 798798798
    February 28, 2017 at 10:25 am

    🔴 Many will be offended by this but once someone chooses to overstay their welcome in the U.S. they are “taking a chance”. The moment they chose to overstay (or enter the U.S. illegally) they knew that there were risks associated with that decision. Whether you’ve been able to avoid being caught for 1 year or for 20 years, it makes no difference, you’re an illegal resident.
    So don’t blame Trump for your deportation.

  21. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    most recent comments should be at the top of the thread… just saying … as for those who overstay their welcome… you all knew exactly what chance you all were taking. trump has a right to deport illegal immigrants.

  22. Anonymous
    March 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    mr former commissioner I could see ur r advocating to b on that council but think of it u were commissioner before there were smart phones and retired and there were still there were non. so enjoy ur retirement.