Prime Minister Ingraham told the new Immigration/Border Control Officers that they are to enforce the law but are not permitted to bend or ignore the law.
By combining the Immigration and Customs Services the Bahamas Government aims to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness in the control of national borders.
The Bahamas Immigration Department is moving towards a paperless system that will use visas which will take the form of a credit card and can be read electronically.
One Bahamian, attempting to secure his wife’s status, said that the new policy presents a huge financial burden to his family.
North America is continuing to rid the country of foreign criminals by sending them back to their countries of origin and over the past six months, some 65 Bahamians were deported.
A fishing vessel, smuggling 24 Haitians and about $43,000 worth of drugs, was apprehended off of Great Inagua. Cocaine and marijuana trafficking throughout The Bahamas is an ongoing concern of the international community.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended almost 260 Haitian migrants on Tuesday and set out to attempt to apprehend a second Haitian vessel sighted that afternoon.
A fire destroyed more than 400 homes in a Haitian shanty town on Fire Trail Road Wednesday morning, leaving about 1,000 Haitians homeless.
On his recent visit to Grand Bahama, Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas Antonio Rodrigue heard reports of mistreatment and abuse of Haitians at the hands of the island’s immigration officials.