46 Venezuelans in court for illegal entry

Even as aid is be­ing sought for more 100 Venezue­lans mi­grants found hid­ing in the Pa­lo Seco area, 46 oth­ers ap­peared in court this morn­ing charged with en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gal­ly.

The ma­jor­i­ty of them were con­vict­ed and or­dered to pay fines of $2,000 and $3,000.

They were giv­en three months to pay the fines or serve six and four months in jail. Most were men and they came in­to the coun­try at dif­fer­ent dates be­tween last Au­gust and this month.

Af­ter ap­pear­ing be­fore San Fer­nan­do Se­nior Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor the mi­grants were tak­en away in prison vans.

On Thurs­day, more than 100 Venezue­lan men, women and chil­dren were held by po­lice in the Pa­lo Seco area.

They ar­rived in the coun­try via boat and were hid­ing in the forests.

They were lat­er giv­en shel­ter at a sports com­plex in Siparia and Good Samar­i­tans pro­vid­ed them with food and cloth­ing. Med­ical care was al­so pro­vid­ed.

Those mi­grants have been giv­en per­mis­sion to stay here un­til the end of Ju­ly.

 - by Sascha Wilson

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