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.

Video: Venezuelans arriving in Cedros

Our crews have been covering the Venezuelan crisis and the arrival of Venezuelans to T&T over the past months.

Today photographer Roberto Codallo captured another set of legal arrivals at the port of Cedros where an Immigration station is established.

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.

Venezuelan ferries keep coming as electrical blackout continues

With Venezuela entering its fifth day of an electrical blackout, Venezuelan ferries are operating as normal at the Cedros port. 

Around 2 pm, over 50 Venezuelans were waiting to be processed.

An Immigration source said two large vessels, fully booked, docked in Cedros on Monday. 

"A lot of vessels are registering right now for increased transportation. Due to power outrage in Venezuela, some paperwork could not be processed. We were expecting two more vessels but these could not be processed," the source added.