Kamla: "Close our borders now"

Despite calls from some of her Members of Parliament for government to extend the registration process, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on government to lock down this country’s borders. 

Persad-Bissessar was greeted by a group of protesters outside the Parliament this afternoon, the same group that staged a demonstration outside the Queen’s Park Oval registration centre on Thursday night. 

“We should lock down our borders immediately. We can’t take it,” Persad-Bissessar remarked. 

Tobago Forwards wants answers on Venezuelans

Tobago Forwards (TF) leader Christlyn Moore is demanding that Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Kelvin Charles state the THA's plans for integrating Venezuelan migrants into the Tobago's population.

In a statement issued on Friday, Moore said her party supported Tobagonians' efforts to help the migrants.

"(We) support the ordinary residents of Tobago and the  Tobago Business community in closing some of the logistical and humanitarian gaps in the Venezuelan migrant registration process," she said.

'New' Venezuelans in registration line

Despite assurances from National Security Minister Stuart Young that T&T's borders were locked down, Venezuelan migrants who entered the country this week are among those seeking to sign up on the final day of registration for Government amnesty programme.

Up to Thursday, migrants entered the country through Erin and were outside the Achievors Banquet Hall, Duncan Village in San Fernando, seeking to register.

Tobago: Police standing by to maintain order

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Ains­ley Gar­rick said the To­ba­go Po­lice Di­vi­sion is pre­pared for any even­tu­al­i­ties that might arise af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion cen­tre for Venezue­lan mi­grants at the Car­o­line Build­ing in Scar­bor­ough clos­es at 5 pm to­day.

ACP Gar­rick told Guardian Me­dia it is ap­par­ent that many mi­grants will not get the op­por­tu­ni­ty to reg­is­ter be­fore the dead­line. He said se­cu­ri­ty per­son­nel will be out in their num­bers to en­sure that peace is main­tained.

What happens with Venezuelans after 5pm?

De­spite calls from In­ter­na­tion­al hu­man rights bod­ies, the reg­is­tra­tion pe­ri­od for Venezue­lan mi­grants will close at 5 pm, ac­cord­ing to Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young. How­ev­er, Young has an­nounced a sys­tem that will en­sure those who are present out­side reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres at the close of the process to­day will not be dis­ad­van­taged.

In re­sponse to a ques­tion from the Op­po­si­tion in the Low­er Houset, Young out­lined a process to ac­com­mo­date the back­log when gates close at 5 pm.

Another international agency calls for registration extension

With less than 24 hours to go, yet another international humanitarian group is calling on the government to extend the period of registration to Venezuelan nationals.

As the deadline for the registration period looms, Refugees International (RI) says it is gravely concerned about the possibility that arrests and deportations may follow.

According to RI, Trinidad and Tobago has only three registration centres to register more than 40,000 Venezuelans.

After years transported in wheelbarrow, Ronaldo gets his road

A Todds Road mother, who uses a wheelbarrow to transport her 22-year-old Cerebral Palsy son, has finally had her prayers answered.

From Friday Oumawatee Mohammed would no longer need a wheelbarrow for her son, Ronaldo Mohammed. 

Ten days ago, Guardian Media reported Oumawatee's plight and the need to have their only access road paved.

The current state of the road made it impassable to any vehicle.

‘Helicopter ripped off our roof’

A San Fer­nan­do fam­i­ly of 12, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, cow­ered in fear at their home ear­ly on Wednes­day af­ter, what they first thought was a storm, turned out to be a Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty he­li­copter hov­er­ing, close to their roof.

Strong up­draughts gen­er­at­ed by the pro­peller caused sev­er­al gal­va­nize sheets on their roof to be­come loose and blow off.

Migrants plead: Give us a chance to work

The grow­ing ex­pres­sion of xeno­pho­bic com­ments to­wards the Venezue­lan com­mu­ni­ty has left many of them fright­ened, but many of them say they are just ask­ing for a chance to prove their crit­ics wrong.

The group Venezue­lans Unit­ed by Work has been sourc­ing jobs for Venezue­lan mi­grants even be­fore the reg­is­tra­tion process be­gan, but they are hop­ing the reg­is­tra­tion will now al­low for the com­mu­ni­ty to show just what they can con­tribute to the coun­try.