Immigration Concerns Highlighted at Public Press Conference

Providenciales, 09 Sept 2015 – While there were some serious matters on the agenda at Monday nights Public Press Conference, there was a slight moment of laughter as the Premier told Turks and Caicos Islanders to walk with their status cards as they too could be picked up by immigration officers and sent to the Detention Center.

But it is no laughing matter, as Hon. Rufus Ewing weighed in on the recent immigration raids targeting illegal migrants. Ewing said officers have beefed up patrols during the past few weeks in response to the illegal immigration problem in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Premier said that “some Turks and Caicos Islanders were pulled over in jitneys, they were not carrying proper identification so they were placed in the Detention Center; it was humiliating. He advised TCIslanders to walk with their Belonger Card and those with Work Permits should do the same, otherwise you will be collected and put in the Detention Center because they’re trying to clean up the streets.”

Hon. Ewing said the TCI must step up its defense by providing additional resources and manpower to fight illegal immigration.

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