Former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, says a threat by United States President Donald Trump to implement mass immigration arrests and remove millions of illegal aliens should be very troubling for Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean.
“It’s not as though it’s not already happening; but I am saying that the escalation of deportation to the Caribbean and especially to our Island – Saint Lucia is very troubling and it should be a point of concern not only to the citizens of the Caribbean, but to our governments and the various ministries of foreign affairs,” Prudent told St Lucia Times.
He noted that recent polls indicate that President Trump is on a trajectory to lose to every single candidate in the top tier of persons in the race for the Democratic nomination in the next US elections.
But Prudent said he puts nothing past Trump in trying to appease his base and the right wing elements within the US, to assure them that he is ‘their guy’ and the ‘anti-immigration guy’ who will make things different for America.
“Clearly he has failed in every regard and continues to have all of those nonsensical trade wars going on with China, Mexico and every other country in the world that he can find problems with,” Prudent told St Lucia Times.
He asserted that America’s foreign policy currently is in total shambles.
Prudent recalled that Trump had hand picked five Caribbean leaders for a recent meeting with him, as if those leaders represented the Caribbean region.
“In truth, he knew that he could not face the entire leadership of the Caribbean because he could not get from that what he wanted, which is to accede to everything that he wants in terms of his wayward policy towards immigration and the economic well-being of the people of the Caribbean.”
Prudent declared that with presidential elections coming up in the United States and Donald Trump not having a good showing even in his private polls, Caribbean people need to be at the ready.
“I urge all Caribbean nationals, especially Saint Lucians living in the United States who are currently undocumented, to seek legal representation so that you are not swept off the streets, swept off your jobs and shipped back to Saint Lucia and the Caribbean overnight,” the former LMP leader said.
He asserted that it was a serious issue that should not be taken lightly.
President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week”,
It was an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major U.S. cities.
“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump wrote.