16 Venezuelans fined for illegally entering T&T

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.

Venezuelans flock to register for government amnesty

Dozens of Venezuelan asylum seekers and refugees flocked to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando on Monday, hoping to get assistance ahead of the government's May 31 registration.

From as early as 7 am, the Venezuelans gathered at the church on Harris Promenade where they were interviewed by officials from the Living Waters Community.

100 illegal Venezuelans arrested, ferries barred from docking in Cedros

Over 100 illegal Venezuelans have been arrested and about 25 sent to the Detention Centre following a tightening of border patrols around the southern coasts this week.

The Venezuelan ferries which usually bring some 700 plus passengers legally from Venezuela on a weekly basis have been barred from docking at the Cedros port.

When Guardian Media visited the area Wednesday, there were no activities at the port.

A Coast Guard interceptor vessel was docked outside of the security complex and was preventing any Venezuelan vessel from coming into the port.

Trial date to be set in July

The tri­al date of a law­suit in which eight Venezue­lans are chal­leng­ing a de­ci­sion of the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion to de­ny them en­try in­to the coun­try in March is ex­pect­ed to be set in Ju­ly.

Dur­ing a brief hear­ing of the case at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spainyes­ter­day, High Court Judge Jacque­line Wil­son gave lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the group and di­vi­sion dead­lines for fil­ing ev­i­dence and sub­mis­sions in the ju­di­cial re­view case.

Deport Them! Minister signs orders to send Venezuelan criminals home

Minister of National Security Stuart Young has announced that he has signed deportation orders to return Venezuelan nationals to their country for criminal activity.

The minister made the announcement during today's post-Cabinet news conference.

"I have signed a number of deportation orders for a number of Venezuelans who have engaged in lives of crime in T&T," Young said.

He told the news conference that the government will not tolerate crimes in T&T, regardless of who commits them.

Venezuelans continue to enter South coast

Boat­loads of Venezue­lans are still con­tin­u­ing to se­cret­ly en­ter Trinidad through Ica­cos even though the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young an­nounced that all bor­ders are now in lock­down.

Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the coastal vil­lages of Coro­man­del, Fullar­ton, Ica­cos and Bonasse yes­ter­day to see whether there was any phys­i­cal proof of ad­di­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty. No ad­di­tion­al po­lice, sol­diers or coast guard were seen.

4 kidnapped Venezuelan women rescued; held in fake police station

Four Venezuelan women who were held captive in a house in Diego Martin have been rescued by officers of the Special Operations Response Team(SORT).

The women were being kept in a house painted in the colours of a police station with the design of the Star of David on the gates.

Investigators told Guardian Media that three men in their mid-twenties were held for questioning after police raided the house.

Senior sources say that two of the Venezuelan women in their twenties went house hunting for a place to rent in the Four Roads area yesterday morning.