By Dana Malcolm
#Texas, USA, June 30, 2022 – At least 62 people, including children, crossed the US-Mexico border in a truck on Monday, probably hoping for a better life, and while they made it into the country 46 of them died before the truck’s doors could open and five more died at hospital. Local media are describing it as the deadliest human smuggling case in modern US history.
US authorities say it was heatstroke and dehydration, the people were in what was supposed to be a refrigerated truck not unlike the ones used to ferry fresh food to supermarkets, only there was no working air conditioning in the truck and when firefighters arrived on the scene they say there was no sign of water either.
San Antonio Firefighters were called when one person stumbled out of the truck and collapsed by the road. Fire Chief Charles Hood described in a press conference what they found when the doors opened.
“The San Antonio Fire Department responded to a report of a dead person and found the trailer — with a body outside and several that they could visibly see inside once the doors were open. We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there. None of us come to work imagining that.” he lamented.
Temperatures in San Antonio where the truck was discovered were as high as 37 degrees (Celcius). When temperatures reach between 32° and 40° heat cramps and a little heat exhaustion starts to appear, between 40° and 50° heat exhaustion is apparent once the temperature goes past 54° then deadly heat strokes are likely. Temperatures in cars can rise exponentially on hot days, dwarfing the temperatures outside.
A study from Arizona State University found that cars can reach 71° in summer. A surface that hot will give human third degree burns. The study found that cars can hit that mark in under an hour. This usually only refers to parked cars since moving vehicles either have the windows down or the air conditioning on. The truck carrying the migrants had neither.
Miraculously 16 survived initially, four of them being children, unfortunately later the public would learn, five of the survivors passed away at hospital.
“The patients that we saw were hot to the touch, they were suffering from heatstroke and heat exhaustion, no sign of water either,” said Hood.
The nationalities of several of the dead have been confirmed to be Honduran, Mexican and Guatemalan.
Three people are said to be in custody.
Haitians charged with illegal entry into Jamaica
By Sherrica Thompson
#Jamaica, February 7, 2023 – Two Haitians have been arrested and charged with Illegal entry into Jamaica; following their arrival into the country on Wednesday, January 19.
According to reports, Georges and Paul tried to make a report to the Darling Street Police Station in Kingston. During an interview, it was revealed that the men did not enter the island through any of the official ports and had no records of entry.
They were arrested and charged. Their court date is being finalized.
The charges come as several neighbouring Caribbean countries have been facing an increase in illegal Haitian migrants as citizens continue to seek refuge from the crisis currently going on in Haiti and after Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s Prime Minister expressed interest in lending military support to Haiti.
Just recently, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has reiterated “the urgent need” for the deployment of an international specialized armed force in Haiti.
Intelligence-led Weekend Operations Stop 136 Migrants from Landing; TCI nearing 700 illegals so far for 2023
#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – Two separate groups of irregular migrants were prevented from disappearing into TCI communities this weekend as a result of joint intelligence-led activity by officers of the Immigration Taskforce unit of the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Department, Customs Department, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and the Turks and Caicos Islands Regiment.
Following the successful interception of a Haitian Sloop by the Marine Branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, in the early morning of Sunday February 5, the Task Force Team of the Turks & Caicos Islands Immigration Department earlier detained 47 males and 22 Females who are currently being processed at the Immigration Detention Center.
This was quickly followed by intelligence reports of possible illegal migrants being spotted on the Island of West Caicos.
Immediately, a joint operation with the RTCIPF, TCI Regiment and the Immigration Department Task Force Unit was mobilized and dispatched to the Island of West Caicos. The rapid response of key agencies within the TCI Border Security units resulted in the apprehension of 51 males and 16 females on the uninhabited Island.
The Ministry of Immigration and Border Services wishes to register its profound thanks to the hard-working teams in the Immigration and Customs Departments, the RTCIPF and the TCI Regiment for their commitment to national security and their support in the fight against illegal migration here in the TCI.
The Hon. Arlington Musgrove, Minister responsible for Immigration & Border Services stated, “Today’s attempts to breach the borders of the TCI shows the levels that offenders will go to illegally enter the TCI. My government has made tremendous investment in the security of the borders of the TCI which today was on full display. I applaud all units that were instrumental in today’s enforcement activities and thank you for a stellar performance”.
Persons with information on illegal migration and other immigration and customs offenses are encouraged to report it anonymously via Crimestoppers, by calling 1-800-8477.
FTX Staff Terminated; adds to list of people the Company owes
By Shanieka Smith
#TheBahamas, February 7, 2023 – Several employees of FTX Digital Markets have been made redundant. The joint provisional liquidators have also indicated that the company is not in a financial position to make redundancy payments. Instead, employee redundancy payments will be considered a “preferred claim” against the company.
The termination letter showed that the employees are terminated with effect from January 31. The company reportedly had some 40 Bahamian staff. It was unclear, however, how many staff members had been terminated.
Employees’ salaries for the last pay periods had been paid out in full, as such, they will have no claim against the company for salary during this period.
The Supreme Court of The Bahamas placed the FTX Digital Markets into provisional liquidation last year. This came after the then CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried face federal charges, including wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering – all in relation to the collapse of FTX, which sank into bankruptcy last November. Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty last month.
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