16 Venezuelans fined for illegally entering T&T

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 14:00

Six­teen Venezue­lans, in­clud­ing two women, were yes­ter­day fined a to­tal of $48,000 for il­le­gal­ly en­ter­ing the coun­try.

An­oth­er Venezue­lan, a 20-year-old stu­dent, was giv­en a chance as he was rep­ri­mand­ed and dis­charged.

They all ap­peared be­fore San Fer­nan­do Se­nior Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor in the First Court.

They plead­ed guilty. They were charged that on a date un­known, in an un­known area in the Gulf of Paria, they en­tered the coun­try in a place not des­ig­nat­ed as a port of en­try and failed to re­port to an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer for ex­am­i­na­tion.

With the as­sis­tance of in­ter­preter Kristy Ramkissoon, Almeris Jose­fi­na Medrana Mon­roy and Yelitza Del Car­men Mon­roy, both house­wives in their home­land, said they en­tered the coun­try on Sun­day.

One man said he came in­to the coun­try two months ago and was plant­i­ng crops with his friend in Ste Madeleine.

They stayed in var­i­ous ar­eas in­clud­ing Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do, Pe­nal, Mara­bel­la, Princes Town and Moru­ga.

Some of them left their chil­dren and wives in Venezuela to seek out work here while oth­ers came in search of a bet­ter life.

The stu­dent Pe­dro Chanel Mau­r­era said he had to aban­don his stud­ies be­cause of the eco­nom­ic and so­cial cri­sis in his home­land.

The mag­is­trate fined each of them $3,000 which they have to pay in three months or serve six months in prison.

 - by Sascha Wilson