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JVD resident concerned about alleged absence of immigration officers

-Alleges tourists entered JVD unchecked on March 28, 2013
The Immigration and Customs area at Jost Van Dyke. According to JVD resident, Gregory A. Callwood, there were no Immigration Officers at the port of entry on March 28, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
Chief Immigration Officer Mr Dennis Jennings said he is not aware that there wasn't any Immigration Officer at the port of entry at Jost Van Dyke on Thursday March 28, 2013. Photo: VINO
Chief Immigration Officer Mr Dennis Jennings said he is not aware that there wasn't any Immigration Officer at the port of entry at Jost Van Dyke on Thursday March 28, 2013. Photo: VINO
According to Mr Callwood, this is not the first time that immigration officers have failed to show at the port of entry and exit at Jost Van Dyke and that matter needs to be seriously investigated. Photo: seestjohn.com
According to Mr Callwood, this is not the first time that immigration officers have failed to show at the port of entry and exit at Jost Van Dyke and that matter needs to be seriously investigated. Photo: seestjohn.com
JOST VAN DYKE, VI - "What I know for a fact is that yesterday (March 28, 2013) there was absolutely no Immigration Officer at Jost Van Dyke." This was an emphatic statement made by Mr Gregory A. Callwood, a resident of the Sister Island of Jost Van Dyke.

According to Callwood, this is not the first time that immigration officers have failed to show at the port of entry and exit at Jost Van Dyke and that matter needs to be seriously investigated.

He alleged that last week Saturday, March 23, 2013 a similar issue occurred. In the case of yesterday, March 28, 2013, he allegedly witnessed over twenty tourists entering the island through a very frustratingly slow process and that the officer, who usually mans the gate, had to take charge.

"Last week there was over a hundred tourists that came in on one boat and again the customs officer couldn't make it so I guess she had to just let them go through freely after doing her part. This is a serious matter," said Callwood.

He explained further that there is an Immigration Officer who resides on the island but when it’s that person's day off relief would come from Tortola. "That I can tell you for sure nobody show last week nor this week and the immigration department really need to look into this.”

Contacted at approximately 4:20 P.M. on March 28, 2013 Chief Immigrations Officer Mr Dennis Jennings said he was unaware of the alleged no-show of immigration officers on Thursday.  "As far as I know all the ports are covered, no one reported to me sick or anything. We assign officers to all the ports every day. I don't know otherwise. You are saying this to me now but I am not aware of such," said Mr Jennings.

Mr Callwood alleged that on weekends, when the JVD Immigration Officer is off duty, relief is usually about one hour late in arriving at JVD since it would come on the ferry from West End, which leaves at 9 A.M. The ferry bound for the US Virgin Islands leaves JVD at 9 A.M. "So you see what's happening there," said Callwood.

Compounding that issue, the concerned man explained that the building which houses the Immigration and Customs is in an atrocious state. "They make so much money from this building and yet none of that money goes back into it." He explained that the entire building needs repairing. The roof, he said, is bad and rusted, the paint on the walls are flaking, the rails are “terrible” and the windows area is “not good”.

As a concerned resident, Mr Callwood is appealing to the relevant authorities to seriously investigate those issues with the intention of having them addressed as matters of urgency.

26 Responses to “JVD resident concerned about alleged absence of immigration officers”

  • ali (29/03/2013, 10:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes that is the same route that those jamacians came into tortola the other day and you see how much of them here up to just now 3 of them pass driving out in a car and them does talk every thing to them friends .some times immigration know but does give them a break
    • weed (29/03/2013, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Never in life can i recall something like this.
    • VI prince (29/03/2013, 17:46) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Real talk them jamaicans full up the place, especially them men who leave their wives and family, children and other sibblings home. Them come here married in the bvi have wife and family where they from and our bvi women is a let down they dont try to find out about these men and gals our own married women giving them money and maintaining them for sex we from the bvi have a problem with our locals they dont treat they own local men good but trying to impress the street cleaner, fisherman, gardener, mason, DJ etc y because they want someone they can order around and rule, and one of the things why the money is not in the country is because our very own shipping it out to jamaica via other place where ever they from. Immigration know but does give them break via link too much corruption
  • papa (29/03/2013, 10:59) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP can't do anything right these days.
    • TO: papa (29/03/2013, 18:52) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      you are what is wrong with this place always blaming the NDP when then plank is in your eye. you are as tribal as they come.

      Seems as if you are happy with the current situation thus you don't care about solution. all you care about is defending your party. Please stop the anti-social behavior and speak of solution that will be in the best interest of the country ---sorry the tag VIP/NDP is not a solution.
  • egg face (29/03/2013, 11:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    GROSS INCOMPETENCE and heads must roll.
    • Friday (29/03/2013, 18:15) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Will the NDP please Resign, and let's have a new Government to get the BVI moving in the right direction.

  • rat race (29/03/2013, 11:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    A full investigation must held forthwith...where is the security counsel?
  • Confucius (29/03/2013, 11:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Greg,

    Government is crawling all over themselves to have Mickey Mouse greet people when they arrive on Tortola, so the next time this happens, hang a set of Mickey Mouse ears on the building and that can be our signal that nobody is home and it is safe to enter illegally!

    Imagine that, NOBODY at immigration. And we wonder how people get into our little slice of heaven illegally.
    • links (31/03/2013, 12:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Confucius you are a sick ndp hater trying to act intelligent on these blogs. Immigration has a chief and immigration officers so how can govt be blamed especially with this only now being reported? Then when govt take action and reprimand the locals not doing their job you guys still complain. People are being paid and should do their damn job. Since when cabinet or opposition set immigration schedules. A set of incompetent local unpatriotic asses with no problem being paid for nothing. Thats the problem here and everytime we blame govt we support that nonsense.
  • talk girl talk (29/03/2013, 11:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW....the whole country down at the drain....!! How could this be...?? Scary revelation of what could happen if ah few people wanted to do some damage to our homeland security since they no longer can find an immigration officer at the ports....!!
  • critic (29/03/2013, 14:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    No homeland security...Where is dr smith, up by johnson???
    • Rush Limber (29/03/2013, 18:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      NOBODY is worse than this ramshackle excuse for a government!

  • ali (29/03/2013, 19:10) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    V,I Prince iagree with you immigration hold them up going work and then give them a break and then they back on the job the next day isaw that happen and the majority of them have false name in their passport that is not their real name
  • LETS B FEAR (30/03/2013, 10:49) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    I DONT THINK THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS SHOULD BE POST ON THE NEWS SITE .MR CALLWOOD U IS A MAN I KNOW ALONG TIME BUT DONT LET PEOPLE PUT THINGS IN YOUR HEAD THAT CASE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE PRIVATELY U COULD HAVE CALL THE CHIEF OR A SUPERVISOR CERTIAN THINGS U DONT BLOBER OVER THE NEWS THAT KIND OF BEHAVOR AFFECT OF THE BVI IMMIGRATION N COSTOM CONTROLE EVERYTHING THAT GOES OUT N COME IN THIS ISLAND EVEN U MR CALLWOOD NU NEED THEM MORE THEN THEM NEED U SO NEXT TIME B ALITTLE MORE PROFESSINAL
  • ali (30/03/2013, 15:01) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    post it all over when immigration sending out people them does post it so hide not., talk talk greg
  • NDP All the way (30/03/2013, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Government day not quite done, still time to save face. They can start by firing x, y z the main cause of their problems, just stop playing games..clean up the mess while you still have a chance.
  • I co tell yuh (30/03/2013, 19:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y is it that one can never hear the gud things that an organization such as immigration has accomplished. . Y is it that certain people find the most negative aspects to talk about or post... are u happy that u have proven your point that an organization such as this needs to step up In security! ? I hope u are! While I wont disagree with ur concerness, I strongly feel if yuh so dam concern yuh should go an be a officer of the law and uphold it to the fullest, the way its suppose to be upheld..and u called the chief. . Yes! U think if he's sitting in his office he knows exactly whats taking place with his staff.. its the responsibility of whom he appoints as supervisor of that particular port to insure that there is an officer present.
  • Greg (30/03/2013, 19:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    one day i checked out coustoms in jvd, went to st thomas to buy some mattress for my hotel in jvd. On my way back it was night and was stopped by coustoms, they took my boat and stuff in ,next day charge me a fine of $3500.00 when i was giving them the cheque they said no we want cash they drive me down to banco and waited for me in line to get it, talk that ,remember these people are not government workers anymore the are criminals. they could have charge me the normal duty, but the say they are for the people. should have been a way to fine the goverment when they are messing up. not just puttim
    ng it on the news media
  • dem callwoods (30/03/2013, 19:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr callwood when the 100 n add persons came in,..... as leader of the taxi association for jvd weren't u glad to take what u could've taken and dispatch the rest amongst the other taxi drivers!? Das a job for right.. so u coulda care less!? So much for concerned huh.. u an yuh cop brudda is the pitts.. and are u sure for a fact that there wasnt an officer present that day .. yuh sure any extra securtity measures wasnt taken on that day? Just wondering
    • pant on the wrong side (31/03/2013, 01:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      BOY GREG DONOT STUDY THEM YOU HAD ARIGHT DOING WHAT YOU DID,LET THEM GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER ALL THE HATERS TALKING $H!TE BECAUSE YOU MARRIED A JAM.... WOMAN DEM TO DUTY MINDED,



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