Stuart: Venezuelans at IDC can access amnesty

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young says Venezue­lans cur­rent­ly housed at the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre will be al­lowed to reg­is­ter for the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed one-year amnesty.

He made the com­ment as he gave an up­date on the amnesty which will tar­get Venezue­lans who are al­ready in T&T but are now il­le­gal­ly here dur­ing yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net brief­ing at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s.

Young said a note on the is­sue has al­ready been draft­ed and he will take it to Cab­i­net next week.

Harris: Be more compassionate, caring to migrants

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.

Rescued Venezuelan girls in ‘safe houses’

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.

Church reaches out to help Cuban refugees

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.

La Guerre: Brace for influx of migrants

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.