Dozens of Venezuelan asylum seekers and refugees flocked to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando on Monday, hoping to get assistance ahead of the government's May 31 registration.
From as early as 7 am, the Venezuelans gathered at the church on Harris Promenade where they were interviewed by officials from the Living Waters Community.
Over 100 illegal Venezuelans have been arrested and about 25 sent to the Detention Centre following a tightening of border patrols around the southern coasts this week.
The Venezuelan ferries which usually bring some 700 plus passengers legally from Venezuela on a weekly basis have been barred from docking at the Cedros port.
When Guardian Media visited the area Wednesday, there were no activities at the port.
A Coast Guard interceptor vessel was docked outside of the security complex and was preventing any Venezuelan vessel from coming into the port.
Seventeen recently promoted Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals serving in the US Military on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Center, St. Ann’s as part of a CAPSTONE visit.
The team, together with US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre and US Embassy Chief Military Liaison Officer Col. Claudia Carrizales, also met with Minister of National Security Stuart Young and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses.
CAPSTONE is a joint service professional military education course at the National Defense University.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young has announced that he has signed deportation orders to return Venezuelan nationals to their country for criminal activity.
The minister made the announcement during today's post-Cabinet news conference.
"I have signed a number of deportation orders for a number of Venezuelans who have engaged in lives of crime in T&T," Young said.
He told the news conference that the government will not tolerate crimes in T&T, regardless of who commits them.
Boatloads of Venezuelans are still continuing to secretly enter Trinidad through Icacos even though the National Security Minister Stuart Young announced that all borders are now in lockdown.
Guardian Media visited the coastal villages of Coromandel, Fullarton, Icacos and Bonasse yesterday to see whether there was any physical proof of additional security. No additional police, soldiers or coast guard were seen.
The messages from Venezuela started drying up at around noon yesterday, but Venezuelans living in T&T who support Juan Guaido are hopeful their country is heading back to democracy.
“The communication break down at about 11 o’clock this morning and before that, all the videos were coming. Univision is the only means of us really knowing what is really going on,” said Yamine Trotman, a Venezuelan national of Trinidad descent who gathered at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Blaming the United States for orchestrating regime change in Venezuela, the political leader of the Movement for Social Justice David Abdulah says he is hoping that world powers and Caricom can bring about a peaceful resolution to the Venezuelan crisis.
Speaking at a press conference held at the MSJ's headquarters in St Joseph Village, San Fernando on Tuesday, Abdulah said T&T will feel the dire consequences if civil war breaks out in neighbouring Venezuela.
Even as Minister of National Security Stuart Young announced that security forces were locking down T&T's borders in response to Venezuela's worsening crisis, Opposition MPs said it was a little too late to do this.
During an interview, Princes Town MP Barry Padarath said nothing could stop desperate people from fleeing their homeland if civil war breaks out in neighbouring Venezuela.
National Security Minister Stuart Young has reiterated the Government's position of non-interference and non-intervention in Venezuela, as riots have broken out amid an attempted coup.
The minister issued a statement Tuesday that said little more than what has been said by the government before.
The following is a statement the Minister Young.
"It has been reported that certain elements of the Venezuelan military have indicated support for Mr. Juan Guaido and that support has resulted in disturbances in Venezuela.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration backs Venezuelan congressional leader Juan Guaido in his call for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro.
Pompeo says in a tweet that the US "fully supports" Guaido's call for the start of "Operacion Libertad."
He says the US stands with the Venezuelan people "in their quest for freedom and democracy."
He says democracy cannot be defeated.
The Trump administration has led calls for countries to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader since January.