Trinidad and Tobago has deported 750 illegal immigrants over the past two years.
This was disclosed by National Security Minister Jack Warner, who said his ministry has embarked on an “aggressive deportation policy” targeting illegal immigrants and criminals.
Addressing members of the media at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Warner said, “it is an aggressive policy and we are going full speed ahead. This can only be successful with help from the police.”
“If the U.S. could deport people when they commit crime, we could deport people, including U.S. people, when they commit crime.”
Warner said people were coming to T&T “with all kinds of spurious names and I am taking a more intrusive look at the people who come into the country than before.”
He said immigration officers have been trained and work is being done with the police and personnel of the Detention Center.
According to data from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service between 2011 – 2012, 754 persons were deported of which 404 were from Guyana. A total of 482 persons were deported last year and 238 were from Guyana, 129 of them were females.
The next highest number of persons deported were 60 from Jamaica, 43 from China, 16 from the Dominican Republic, nine from Colombia and 10 from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.