In two days, a total of 47 Venezuelans appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court for illegally entering the country. The majority have been slapped with fines totally $123,000.
Twenty-two appeared on Monday, 19 were fined a total of $57,000 and three were discharged. On Wednesday, 25 Venezuelans, including six women, pleaded guilty before First Court Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor.
They admitted to entering the country at a port of entry which is not designated port and failing to report to an immigration officer.
The majority of them claimed they lost their jobs in occupations such as bakers, babysitters, construction workers and mechanics and came to here looking for work.
They sneaked into the country between February and May and had been staying in various locations, including Union Hall, San Fernando, Aripero, Rousillac, Moruga, Williamsville, Marabella and Palmiste.
Some were able to find jobs here doing mainly domestic and construction work.
Three women, a 23-year-old woman working as a babysitter, a 21-year-old working as a maid and a 25-year-old who holds an administrative assistant degree and was earning a living by cleaning houses and cooking here, were all reprimanded and discharged.
The other 22 were given three months to pay the fines or serve six months in jail.
In any event, they will be detained at the Immigration Detention Centre to await deportation. Christie Ramkissoon was the Spanish translator while WPC Limo of the Immigration Division laid the charges.
Reporter: Sascha Wilson