Long lines of migrants wait to register

Hours be­fore the of­fi­cial start of reg­is­tra­tion be­gan, hun­dreds of Venezue­lans be­gan as­sem­bling out­side of Achiev­ers Ban­quet Hall at Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do.

Most had spent the night hav­ing walked with chairs and cush­ions in an­tic­i­pa­tion for a long night. Ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing to line up for ba­sic ameni­ties in their home coun­try, the Venezue­lans were in good spir­its, ea­ger­ly ex­press­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the T&T peo­ple who had as­sist­ed them.

Police report slowdown of migrant arrivals

Al­though it’s on­ly a day un­til Gov­ern­ment grants amnesty to Venezue­lans in T&T who have fled their coun­try’s eco­nom­ic woes, South West­ern Di­vi­sion po­lice say there has been no in­crease in il­le­gal im­mi­grants en­ter­ing the coun­try.

This is be­cause a spe­cial fo­cus has been placed on the beach­es and il­le­gal ports along the Colum­bus Chan­nel where hun­dreds of Venezue­lans have been able to get pass law en­force­ment agen­cies.

Illegal immigrants being kept at police stations

Il­le­gal im­mi­grants are cur­rent­ly be­ing kept at po­lice sta­tions as there con­tin­ue to be in­suf­fi­cient space at the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre in Aripo.

This was re­vealed by Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young in the Sen­ate on Tues­day. Young was asked by Op­po­si­tion Sen­a­tor Wade Mark in light of state­ments made by the Chief Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fi­cer that ex­er­cis­es to de­tain il­le­gal im­mi­grants are on halt be­cause there is no more room at the fa­cil­i­ty.

La Guerre: Brace for influx of migrants

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof John La Guerre is warn­ing Gov­ern­ment to brace for an in­flux of Venezue­lans seek­ing po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in T&T as the cri­sis in that coun­try un­folds.

La Guerre was speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia, as he weighed in on Venezuela's mount­ing tur­moil, fol­low­ing Wednes­day's protest ac­tion by thou­sands against Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro.

Be­tween Wednes­day and Thurs­day, Venezuela re­port­ed 12 deaths and scores in­jured as the cri­sis es­ca­lat­ed.