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Caravan of nearly 10,000 migrants move towards US southern border; what we’ve learned

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Rashaed Esson

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December 29, 2023 – About 7,500 people from 24 different countries are headed toward the US Southern Border according to reports, migrating for more than a day now, through Mexico, from Wednesday.

Majority of the migrants are said to be from Haiti, Cuba, Central America and Venezuela and some from Syria, Iran, Turkey and Cameroon.

They are said to be making their way north to the Mexican state of Chiapas on the border of Guatemala, according to Luis Garcia Villagran, an organizer of the migrant caravan and activist, speaking to NBC.

He also informed that a group of women, children and sick people were farther ahead and had already reached Mapastepec, a town in Chiapas.

Jonás Sosa, a Venezuelan migrant with the Caravan expressed, reports that the migrants are in need of help.  He said they are “looking for a new dream, those of us that want to work, those of us who want to move forward in life.”

Sosa’s story is quite touching as he lost his leg in a car accident and carried himself along the journey on crutches and a prosthetic leg.

Apparently not all the migrants are looking for the so-called American dream, highlighted Villagrán.  He informed that some are hoping for documents to settle in Mexico and find work and humanitarian relief.

Additionally, Villagrán points out that the journey is difficult, especially for women and children.

“The conditions in which the companions, the migrant women and children, are walking is truly deplorable,” he said, as reported by NBC News.

The caravan’s migration comes as US officials, including Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State and Liz Sherwood-Randall, White House homeland security advisor,  met in Mexico City to discuss what the State Department says is “unprecedented irregular migration in the Western Hemisphere and ways Mexico and the United States will address border security challenges.”

This also comes a week after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw a record number of undocumented migrants crossing the border. Reports say the border patrol has processed more illegal migrants entering the U.S. in December than in any other month in the agency’s history.

Also, three Homeland Security officials say U.S. border facilities had a record number of migrants in custody.

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Stolen Vessel Recovered

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July 20th, 2024.

 

#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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