Friday 23 August, 2019

Officials to split up Venezuelan families held for illegal entry

Officials will be splitting up four Venezuelan children from their parents after the families were caught arriving at a beach in Los Iros last Friday.

According to police reports, fourteen Venezuelan nationals – including four children – were taken into custody after they were detained at a beach in Los Iros on Friday.

Police said no one in the group spoke English, and according to initial reports, they were being escorted by two Trinidadian men.

Police said none of them had any documentation showing they were granted legal entry into the country.

Police said the ten adults – including five women – are expected to be handed over to immigration officials, while the children are to be placed in the care of officials from the Children’s Authority.

Trinidad and Tobago is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Two main clauses of the Convention include non-refoulement, or not returning refugees to their home country where their lives would be in danger, and non-detention, which advises that refugees not be detained or punished on account of their illegal entry or presence, if they are coming from a country where their lives or freedom were threatened.  

Government said it is reviewing a one-year amnesty period during which Venezuelan nationals in Trinidad and Tobago can register their details and work for one year in Trinidad and Tobago.

More on this as it becomes available.

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