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Illegal immigrants repatriated last week; mostly Haitians

- A few illegal immigrants still remain in the Territory; Officials tight-lipped
Some of the illegal immigrants detained around April 10, 2017 at Biras Creek on Virgin Gorda are still being held at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was around April 10, 2017 that a number of illegal immigrants were found and detained in the area of Biras Creek on the sister island of Virgin Gorda.

While Police and Immigration officials have not made public the number of persons detained, our newsroom’s sources close to the situation confirmed that most are Haitians while a few are of other nationalities.

According to the same source, many of the illegal immigrants where sent back to Haiti last week while other non-Haitians are still here detained at Her Majesty's Prison at Balsam Ghut, on the main island of Tortola, waiting on commercial flights out. Many of the immigrants also included women and children.

It is also believed that where the illegal immigrants are being held at the state-owned penitentiary at Balsam Ghut is not fit for illegal immigrants and could be in violation of the international treaty on the treatment and care of detained illegal migrants that the Virgin Islands is subject to.

12 Responses to “Illegal immigrants repatriated last week; mostly Haitians”

  • The Leeward Islands (24/04/2017, 22:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well, hi there y'all!!!
  • street reporter. (25/04/2017, 06:37) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    At the prison. Wow. Wow. Only a judge or a magistrate have the authority to put someone in prison... And it has to be a court process... I don't have the facts. Maybe they​ follow the process... Hope so. Or it will be a real human rights violation...
    • wongchichi (25/04/2017, 09:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      I suggest you go do your research before you come on here making assumptions.
      • @ wongchichi (25/04/2017, 20:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You cant have it both ways when people from your party cant do any wrong. Crime is only crime depending on which party one supports
  • HAHA (25/04/2017, 07:07) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Who the heck will want to stay here illegal?That had to accidentally happened..Now go ahead and make the down island comments
  • wha sht i 'm hearing? (25/04/2017, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    So the prison is only fit for tolians?
  • tretretrete (25/04/2017, 08:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one want to be in the bvi illigal them want it to make it st thomas them make bvi by mistake that true
  • boat people (25/04/2017, 10:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bvi the new st thomas
  • Immigrants (25/04/2017, 14:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    It have so many illegal ppl here that is over staying in this country! The immigration department should work together with the police and do a house to house check and check out some of these ppl. Some done want to pay work permits anymore so they decide to over stay, some come and don't want to leave after there time up, some smuggle in by sea. I know there is quite a few Jamaicans for sure. Easy the undocumented pressure off our economy.
  • slick jim (25/04/2017, 20:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A country of daggerers, if there is such a word.
  • Stragglers (26/04/2017, 10:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did they check the long bearded people in Trellis Bay who walk around with dogs and backpacks? Did they check the moss-bottom yachts at Beef Island and other parts of the islands. Wha happen, nuh, BVI is the Red Cross or something, taking in all and sundry? We need to do like Immigration Officers of old, round up some and ask them questions. They not straight, send them hoome.

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