Despite calls from some of her Members of Parliament for government to extend the registration process, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on government to lock down this country’s borders.
Persad-Bissessar was greeted by a group of protesters outside the Parliament this afternoon, the same group that staged a demonstration outside the Queen’s Park Oval registration centre on Thursday night.
“We should lock down our borders immediately. We can’t take it,” Persad-Bissessar remarked.
Tobago Forwards (TF) leader Christlyn Moore is demanding that Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Kelvin Charles state the THA's plans for integrating Venezuelan migrants into the Tobago's population.
In a statement issued on Friday, Moore said her party supported Tobagonians' efforts to help the migrants.
"(We) support the ordinary residents of Tobago and the Tobago Business community in closing some of the logistical and humanitarian gaps in the Venezuelan migrant registration process," she said.
Prime Minister Rowley said as of 10:30 last night, 13,900 migrants have registered at the three registration centres across the country.
The disclosure came as he answered questions from the Opposition in the Lower House this morning.
Today is the culmination of a two-week registration period in which Venezuelan migrants have been mandated by Government to declare their presence, in exchange for a special registration card and clearance to work for one year.
Former senator Gerald Ramdeen may be in hot water for making public the details of a Court of Appeal case in which he was never involved.
On Thursday, Ramdeen held a media conference at his Port-of-Spain office to discuss the details of a medical case, now at the Court of Appeal, in which a young girl was admitted to the Mt Hope Medical Sciences Complex for anaemia and during a blood transfusion, was infected with HIV tainted blood.
The child died of complications from her anaemia and HIV.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has admitted that Venezuela’s ongoing economic and political turmoil has been impacting T&T and the wider region.
Rowley made the comment at a press conference yesterday at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, in the presence of Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who visited our country with a delegation on Wednesday night and left on Thursday night.
United National Congress (UNC) senator Ashvani Mahabir has resigned.
The outgoing senator confirmed via text message that he tendered his resignation to the Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar today and she accepted it.
"The OL (Opposition Leader) has accepted my resignation. On official statement is expected soon. UNC PRO may assist," Mahabir said.
In a brief telephone interview, Persad-Bissessar also confirmed that she received and accepted Mahabir's resignation.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has proposed fresh amendments to the Freedom of Information Act after he says he was taken aback by the public reaction to the proposed changes.
But the AG says the law must be changed to protect the system from ‘UNC lawyers who are milking the system.’
The Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC) has joined the voices of non-governmental organizations, other professional bodies and citizens, calling for the postponement of the passage of the proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act Chap 22:02.
The Chamber said in a statement Tuesday that there has been no consultation with stakeholders on the introduction of the proposed legislation in Parliament.
No T&T permanent residency or citizenship for Venezuelan registration applicants, says National Security Minister Stuart Young.
He was responding to remarks by the Venezuelan Ambassador Carlos Perez that registrants may have a chance for permanent residence or citizenship with the current registration drive.
Young also responded similarly when queried on the matter by the Opposition in Parliament on Monday.