Just over 300 illegal Haitian immigrants captured in Eleuthera, Exuma, Abaco and New Providence in recent weeks were returned to Haiti.
The amendments only apply to foreign women married to Bahamian men, meaning that the law perpetuates the discrimination against Bahamian women by not allowing them equal rights for their spouses.
Proposed amendments to the Immigration Act will make the spousal permit application process less “long and tortuous” and allow permits to be granted for as long as the marriage lasts.
One amendment is to the Immigration Act to allow for a longer period for spousal permits, the other is to the Foreign Affairs Act
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is very concerned by the loss of life in maritime incidents in the Caribbean among people trying to escape difficult conditions, particularly in Haiti.
Officials of the Bahamas Immigration Department in Marsh Harbour, Abaco apprehended 30 illegal Haitian migrants in the area, The Hole in the Wall, Abaco, on Wednesday, July 12, 2012.
One of the country’s specialty striping companies is asking questions about the presence of foreigner stripers currently working on two of the countries big road projects.
Eleven people are confirmed dead after their boat sank in waters off North Abaco, Sunday night. 28 people, believed to be Haitians, were on board. Five survivors were found and 12 still unaccounted for.
Senator Dion A. Foulkes stated “Pursuant to the powers conferred upon me by the Industrial Relation Act I have referred the Trade Industrial disputes which respect to the Customs and Immigration Union and The Commonwealth Electrical Workers Union (CEWU) (Grand Bahama Power Company) to the Industrial Tribunal.”