Former Archbishop Joseph Harris on Wednesday pleaded with citizens to be compassionate and caring to Venezuelans who have been coming to our shores out of destitution, ill health, hunger and political strife.
Harris made the comment one day after National Security Minister Stuart Young announced an amnesty to Venezuelans residing here to register legally and possibly work for one year in T&T.
Young warned those who fail to register will feel the full brunt of the law.
The 19 Spanish-speaking girls who were rescued by police on Wednesday during raids at a Chinese restaurant in Woodbrook and homes in Diego Martin and Westmoorings have all been placed at an undisclosed location rather than the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) which lacks space.
National Security Minister Stuart Young made the disclosure at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.
A religious organisation has extended a helping hand to a group of 59 Cubans refugees who are living in deplorable and unsanitary conditions on a parcel of agricultural land in Warrenville, Cunupia.
Coming to the rescue of the Cubans who are seeking refugee status in T&T was pastor Toy Rampaul of Warrenville-based Family Christ Ministries.
Church members erected four galvanise sheds on the lands belonging to Caroni (1975) Ltd on Monday which the Cubans have been residing on since February 1.
Political analyst Prof John La Guerre is warning Government to brace for an influx of Venezuelans seeking political asylum in T&T as the crisis in that country unfolds.
La Guerre was speaking with Guardian Media, as he weighed in on Venezuela's mounting turmoil, following Wednesday's protest action by thousands against President Nicolas Maduro.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, Venezuela reported 12 deaths and scores injured as the crisis escalated.