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.
Churches, secular organisations including youth groups and schools extended a helping hand to Venezuela migrants, who left Trinidad to register at the Tobago centre.
They provided blankets, water, breakfast, lunch and snacks, as the migrants braved the hot sun, waiting in line days before registration was due to end on June 14.
From Sunday afternoon, hundreds of migrants began pouring into Tobago by plane and ferry, fleeing long lines at the two other centres in Trinidad.
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.
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.
As thousands of Venezuelan migrants rush to register ahead of Friday's deadline, there were calls for more compassion to be shown toward newborn babies and pregnant women who were being pushed to the back of the line in the humid weather.
Mothers with babies just weeks old were told at about 9 am that there were 350 migrants inside the Achievors Banquet Hall in Duncan Village, San Fernando waiting to be registered as part of government's amnesty programme.
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.
On day one of the registration process to grant Venezuelan asylum seekers amnesty, only a few turned up at the Tobago centre located at Caroline Building, 36 Wilson Road, Scarborough.
One of them, Audrey Henderson, who has been living and working in Tobago for the past 18 months was among the first to arrive. He said prior to the economic crisis in Venezuela he lived a " good life" as a sailor.
As the boat that brought her to Trinidad and Tobago neared the shore at Cedros, “opportunity” was on the mind of Margaret Ebjeh. A 37-year-old mother of four, this Venezuelan migrant’s immediate future now hinges on the Government’s migrant amnesty policy which begins on Friday. Not only will she be able to work legally in this country for a year after completing the process, but Ebjeh will finally be able to visit her four children back in Venezuela and return to T&T without a hiccup.