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UPDATE: 19 illegal Haitian immigrants nabbed on VG; There may be more- Police

- immigrants include four females & four children
19 illegal immigrants of Haitian nationality were caught in the vicinity of the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour today, January 16, 2023. Photo: Google Earth
 Information just reaching our newsroom is that a number of illegal immigrants were reportedly caught on Virgin Gorda this morning, Monday, January 16, 2023. Photo: VINO/File
Information just reaching our newsroom is that a number of illegal immigrants were reportedly caught on Virgin Gorda this morning, Monday, January 16, 2023. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Police and Immigration officials have since confirmed Virgin Islands News Online’s first and accurate story that several illegal immigrants were caught on Virgin Gorda this morning, January 16, 2023.

According to Chief Immigration Officer Mr Ian B. Penn, in a press release, 19 illegal immigrants are now in the custody of the Department of Immigration following an exercise by officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and Immigration Department on Virgin Gorda today.

Illegal immigrants are all Haitians

According to Mr Penn, the illegal immigrants are of Haitian nationality and include 12 males, four females and four children.

The Chief Immigration Officer said all persons will be safely detained following intake interviews and COVID-19 testing administered by the BVI Health Service Authority.

Mr Penn urged persons residing in the Territory to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities at sea. Additionally, anyone with information related to these immigrants should also contact the Immigration Department at 468-4717, 468-4715 or 468-4753 or the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force hotline at 311.

“The Joint Task Force, which comprises officers from the Department of Immigration, Her Majesty’s Customs and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, will continue to increase their capabilities by ensuring that cohesive plans are executed in a manner that will ensure the safety of residents as the security of the Territory’s borders is paramount,” the press release stated.

There may be more illegal immigrants- Police

Meanwhile, police said the 19 illegal immigrants were caught close to the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.

“Officers believe there are likely more illegal immigrants on the island and therefore ask the residents to be on the lookout. Further updates will be released as they become available,” police stated.

See previous article published January 16, 2023

Illegal immigrants allegedly nabbed on VG

Information just reaching our newsroom is that a number of illegal immigrants were reportedly caught on Virgin Gorda this morning, Monday, January 16, 2023.

According to reports, the operation was conducted by the Joint Task Force early this morning.

It is unclear to our newsroom at this time how many of the illegal immigrants were rounded up and their nationalities.

More details to follow.

32 Responses to “UPDATE: 19 illegal Haitian immigrants nabbed on VG; There may be more- Police”

  • AhSo (16/01/2023, 11:58) Like (59) Dislike (10) Reply
    More than likely fleeing from their poor Independent self determining Island Nation made unbearable by corrupt elected officials.
    • unow (16/01/2023, 12:10) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    • Immigration and Police. (16/01/2023, 14:00) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Have security company keep the hotel full. Keep business booming..
    • @Ahso (16/01/2023, 14:28) Like (15) Dislike (19) Reply
      Made unbearable by the corrupt French colonist nation that drained their finances to make themselves a power nation of the world. You need to learn history before talking foolishness on blogs.
      • @@Ahso (16/01/2023, 15:20) Like (17) Dislike (8) Reply
        that was 216 years!
        • @ @@Ahso (16/01/2023, 21:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          You sorry heartless set of demonic wolfs have no shame to your game! When you start a monopoly game with no cash and one of the players continually drain you of your wealth, how far do you expect to get in the game? It’s basic economics that even a child can play.
    • Uhum (16/01/2023, 14:37) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't blame currupt leaders alone. France must carry half of that blame since they had the country pay $$ for their freedom knowing they could not afford it but I guess the UN (the holier than thou) blind, deaf and dumb to their plight.
      • bank loan (16/01/2023, 15:21) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
        that was more than 200 years ago ya muppet
      • @uhum (16/01/2023, 17:40) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        You do realise they’ve been independent for over 200 years don’t you? Plenty of time to create a civilised equal society if they really wanted one.
    • @Ahso (16/01/2023, 17:36) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      You mean they escaped Tortola?
      • Really (16/01/2023, 19:55) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
        @Mr. NezRez it's not the Hatians you should be afraid of. Be afraid of what the English men are going to do to is in a few months. What we are going to suffer from them will be worst than an infectious disease asypu say. Haiti is very, very Rich in natural resources but if the political leaders are selling out the people they have to try to leave. In a few months most of us in the beautiful BVI may have to do like the Hatians. It's a fact...Let is pray.
    • NezRez (16/01/2023, 17:46) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Make their Government pay for housing, feeding, and return tickets. I feel sorry that they live in such a miserable place, but we cannot afford to allow people to come illegally and maybe bring infectious diseases with them, that can kill us. We don't need another pandemic!
      • Ummmm (17/01/2023, 10:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        No Haitian intended to come to the BVI illegally. The BVI was not their intended destination.
      • reality (17/01/2023, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        How do you make an indigent person pay for damages they cause when breaking into your house to get some food?
    • History (17/01/2023, 10:56) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Haiti is a lamentable end product of corrupt politicians ruling a nation made bankrupt when it was forced to pay for its independence. Here we have corrupt politicians, a lot of public money is unnacounted for, and many want to go independent. Hmmm
    • @Ahso (18/01/2023, 12:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yet you and the others that like your comment flee to the BVI for what?? Word of advice...When you are sitting at another man's table for bread, do not throw words at his welcomed or unwelcomed visitors.
  • Send (16/01/2023, 12:10) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    send them back, but then again ayo may blame Trump
  • home (16/01/2023, 12:11) Like (5) Dislike (30) Reply
    Just leave the people alone. And to the person who call the task force Hod will deal with you
    • @HOME (16/01/2023, 13:19) Like (20) Dislike (12) Reply
      I assume that if you have your house/home and random people walked in, you will leave them alone as well? I'm proud of your stupidity.
  • @Ahso (16/01/2023, 12:34) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    Totally agree with you. Haiti was the first country in the Caribbean to gain independence. (1804) See where they are now.
    • Madussa (16/01/2023, 18:37) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Ahso, you obviously don't know that they are in the bad shape they are in mostly because after winning the war, (which left them in a weakened state already) and gaining their independence from France, France forced them to pay an exorbitant amount of money (which they could not afford) or else France threatened to re-attack them and totally destroy them if Haiti didn't pay. So given the horrible choices, Haiti paid them and kept their independence. Their infrastructure was already in horrible shape, but they were FREE people and no longer under the rule of the enslavers. Now the United States had allotted millions of dollars after a devastating earthquake destroyed most of Haiti's housing and infrastructure, and guess who stole most of that money and only built just a few pitiful weak houses and pocketed the rest? Good Ole Hillary Clinton and her Henchmen. Read up on it for yourself. No one wants to admit to the horrible things that weakened Haiti even more, so the poor people are trying to flee to another place just to try and live as human beings. They are not even given the opportunity to apply to get to other countries legally, without waiting for generations to do so. I'm sure if France was dealt the same hand as Haiti, they would have been welcomed around the world with help. This is what racism does and gets away with. Please just read up on Haiti from their war with France up until now. Whether you are racist or not, you should know the truth and stop turning your back on them because of hatred.
      • @ Madussa (17/01/2023, 15:58) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
        How do you account for the other Island Nations in the Caribbean that is have been and continues to be in dire straits akin to Haiti ?
        World record holders of homicide in addition to poverty and illiteracy.
  • Lb (16/01/2023, 13:38) Like (6) Dislike (29) Reply
    Bvi must never give up on becoming independent we all know why Hitia is the way it is; white supremacy and exploitation by France and the USA

    Bvi the longer the uk exploit you the worse off you will be
  • Poor souls. (16/01/2023, 13:50) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    They were told they going to the USVI. Thought they were dropped off in the USVI. Now some lose their life savings, have loans to pay back, just in search of a better life... Hope these smugglers get caught and pay for their evil ways.
  • Land (16/01/2023, 15:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are plenty people on land here in vi not working believe to be illegal also. Walking our streets everyday. Some even dress like they are working all in pretense but stop them and ask for proof of stay in vi and where they live, work they would run leave you.
  • did you know (16/01/2023, 15:54) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Haiti is sitting on what has been considered a swimming pool compared to Venezuela's tea cup of oil. The United States has the largest Embassy in the western hemisphere and fourth largest in the world in Haiti as they dig out unbelievable quantities of gold and other rare precious metals. There are stories of so called United Nations trucks running 24\7 with the natural resources that is being looted by this super power from Haiti. It is so hurtful to hear the ignorant talk of BVI becoming another Haiti when we know the wicked crime that continues to be perpetrated on Haiti. My guess is BVI probably has something that they are eyeing why they continue to brainwash the simpletons who spread their narrative.
    • I did not know (16/01/2023, 17:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      But none of that would surprise me - we live in a world plagued by corruption, massive wealth disparity, and western governments waging war as a money laundering scheme...It will only stop when the 8 billion humans rise up and show the elite few that we aren't going to take it anymore.
  • Alkebulan (17/01/2023, 07:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The truth is unbelievable. " Did you know '" your comments are spot on. Haiti is one of, if not the richest nation in the world. The Country is being looted in broad daylight under the guise of united nations peace keeping.
  • Oh lord! (17/01/2023, 10:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope they were not strippers! Not enough DR strippers to go around. Haitian strippers needed in this territory. Please don't send they home!
  • Lily Ann (17/01/2023, 13:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Theres no such thing as illegal immigrants. The world is Free for Everybody !!!!! Control and Power is the Ultimate sickness and disease of the Earth.

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