UNC slams Venezuelan migrant registration process
The United National Congress (UNC) is criticising the government’s Venezuelan migrant registration process, which kicked off on Friday at three centres in Trinidad and Tobago.
Venezuelans who are registered will received a registration card which will authorize the holder to work legally in Trinidad and Tobago for one year.
The holder of the permit will be assessed every six months.
In a statement, the party’s PRO Anita Haynes said registration is not a policy.
“Instead of heeding numerous calls to take a proactive and sensible approach which would have allowed Trinidad and Tobago to be better equipped to deal with the numbers of Venezuelans coming here, the Government is now trying to pass off registration as policy.”
Haynes accused the government of incompetence, stating that they offered no coherent plan.
“They’ve offered no coherent or even substantive plan, and certainly no long-term measures to address the migration of Venezuelans fleeing their country. The world is looking on at the manner in which our country is dealing with this issue, and already international groups such as Amnesty International have questioned ‘how the government proposes to process all the applicants in such a limited period of time, and how it plans to safeguard the confidentiality of those that register and ensure that it does not fall into the hands of the Venezuelan authorities,” the UNC PRO stated.
She added that the Government must present a comprehensive policy that assists the Venezuelan nationals while at the same time protects the interests of our citizens.