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.
Despite assurances from National Security Minister Stuart Young that T&T's borders were locked down, Venezuelan migrants who entered the country this week are among those seeking to sign up on the final day of registration for Government amnesty programme.
Up to Thursday, migrants entered the country through Erin and were outside the Achievors Banquet Hall, Duncan Village in San Fernando, seeking to register.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ainsley Garrick said the Tobago Police Division is prepared for any eventualities that might arise after the registration centre for Venezuelan migrants at the Caroline Building in Scarborough closes at 5 pm today.
ACP Garrick told Guardian Media it is apparent that many migrants will not get the opportunity to register before the deadline. He said security personnel will be out in their numbers to ensure that peace is maintained.
Despite calls from International human rights bodies, the registration period for Venezuelan migrants will close at 5 pm, according to National Security Minister Stuart Young. However, Young has announced a system that will ensure those who are present outside registration centres at the close of the process today will not be disadvantaged.
In response to a question from the Opposition in the Lower Houset, Young outlined a process to accommodate the backlog when gates close at 5 pm.
With less than 24 hours to go, yet another international humanitarian group is calling on the government to extend the period of registration to Venezuelan nationals.
As the deadline for the registration period looms, Refugees International (RI) says it is gravely concerned about the possibility that arrests and deportations may follow.
According to RI, Trinidad and Tobago has only three registration centres to register more than 40,000 Venezuelans.
A Todds Road mother, who uses a wheelbarrow to transport her 22-year-old Cerebral Palsy son, has finally had her prayers answered.
From Friday Oumawatee Mohammed would no longer need a wheelbarrow for her son, Ronaldo Mohammed.
Ten days ago, Guardian Media reported Oumawatee's plight and the need to have their only access road paved.
The current state of the road made it impassable to any vehicle.
A San Fernando family of 12, including four children, cowered in fear at their home early on Wednesday after, what they first thought was a storm, turned out to be a National Security helicopter hovering, close to their roof.
Strong updraughts generated by the propeller caused several galvanize sheets on their roof to become loose and blow off.
The growing expression of xenophobic comments towards the Venezuelan community has left many of them frightened, but many of them say they are just asking for a chance to prove their critics wrong.
The group Venezuelans United by Work has been sourcing jobs for Venezuelan migrants even before the registration process began, but they are hoping the registration will now allow for the community to show just what they can contribute to the country.