Venezuela

Venezue­lan mom ekes out liv­ing af­ter 5 months, surviving on Trini goodwill

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.

Ordaz family looks for work

Day-af­ter-day, the Or­daz fam­i­ly, who set­tled in Pe­nal af­ter flee­ing Venezuela, go in search of work.

They were among 105 peo­ple who were ar­rest­ed by the po­lice af­ter be­ing found in the forests near Pa­lo Seco last week.

Since they were grant­ed Or­ders of Su­per­vi­sion no­tices by the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion, they have been try­ing to earn a liv­ing.

They sell cake and arepas to earn mon­ey to pay a $3,000 rent for a house they oc­cu­py at Morne Di­a­blo.

Sev­en­teen of them live in the house.

Refugee pleads: Help find my family

A Venezue­lan refugee who had six rel­a­tives aboard a pirogue which dis­ap­peared on May 16 with 29 pas­sen­gers which left Güiria for Ch­aguara­mas is plead­ing for au­thor­i­ties in T&T and Venezuela to lo­cate them.

Kender Berra, who has been liv­ing in this coun­try for more than a year, be­lieves the miss­ing pirogue Ana María was hi­jacked.

Berra, who is orig­i­nal­ly from El Ti­gre, An­zoátegui state, told a Venezue­lan news out­let he and his broth­er wait­ed in vain on a wharf in Ch­aguara­mas for the ves­sel to ar­rive.

$123,000 in fines imposed against migrants

In two days, a to­tal of 47 Venezue­lans ap­peared in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates Court for il­le­gal­ly en­ter­ing the coun­try. The ma­jor­i­ty have been slapped with fines to­tal­ly $123,000.

Twen­ty-two ap­peared on Mon­day, 19 were fined a to­tal of $57,000 and three were dis­charged. On Wednes­day, 25 Venezue­lans, in­clud­ing six women, plead­ed guilty be­fore First Court Se­nior Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor.

They ad­mit­ted to en­ter­ing the coun­try at a port of en­try which is not des­ig­nat­ed port and fail­ing to re­port to an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer.

US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert on Venezuela cri­sis: Stop all cash inflows immediately

In or­der to force em­bat­tled Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro to act to defuse the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion af­fect­ing the south-Amer­i­can na­tion, which has led to mil­lions of cit­i­zens flee­ing the coun­try, a US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert is rec­om­mend­ing that all cash in­flows to Venezuela be stopped im­me­di­ate­ly.

In ad­di­tion, he said an­oth­er sign of good faith by Maduro would be the im­me­di­ate re­lease of close to 800 po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers.

Venezuelan cargo boats continue to dock at San Fernando wharf

While the ban on Venezuelan ferries continued at the Cedros port, three Venezuelan cargo boats docked at Kings Wharf, San Fernando early Wednesday, bringing goods from Venezuela.

Around 7:30 am, Guardian Media captured the arrival of the vessels which came from Guiria.

One was a larger ship while the two others were smaller pirogues. 

Most of the Venezuelans did not speak English and they shied away from media cameras.

However, a source said the cargo included ground provisions from the South American mainland.

Three Venezuelan ferries await clearance to dock

Even though Minister of National Security Stuart Young says the Cedros port is operational, three Venezuelan ferries are still awaiting clearance to come to the Cedros port with 86 legitimate passengers.

A source who requested anonymity said up to noon on Tuesday, the vessels Virgen de Valle from Guiria which carried 28 passengers, another vessel named Virgen de Valle from Tucupita carrying 30 passengers and Poseidon carrying 18 passengers failed to dock at the Cedros port.

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