Hundreds flocked to attend the UNC’s Local Government launch on Sunday at the car park of the UNC’s Couva South Constituency offices at Camden Road, Couva. The crowd was not as massive as in the days of Kamla-mania prior to the 2010 general election but was considerably different since there was a large gathering of Afro-T&T supporters and Venezuelan nationals donning UNC T-shirts who came out to support candidates from north and south Trinidad.
18 Venezuelan nationals including three children were detained by police trying to enter the country illegally by boat in Carenage this morning.
Investigators told Guardian Media the Venezuelans from Guiria were held near the Smith Hill area in Carenage around 5:35am.
Officers of the Western Division intercepted the vessel and detained the persons.
The nine males seen in a Whatsapp video were made to lie on their stomachs while the six women and three children stood nearby.
A 14-year-old girl, who is believed to be a victim of human trafficking, was among 22 females detained at a ‘Secret Sunday’ pool party busted by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) after midnight on Sunday.
They were found in a house at Chancellor Heights, Upper Lady Chancellor Road, St Ann’s in Port-of-Spain.
Three months after the registration process ended thousands of Venezuelans are yet to receive their registration cards.
Speaking to Guardian Media, one Venezuelan national who requested anonymity said he has been working in a supermarket since June even though he does not have his registration card.
Venezuelan nationals, hoping to get jobs at hotels and restaurants across the country, will be offered training at the T&T Hospitality & Tourism Institute, better known as the hotel school.
Deputy Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Consultant Haematologist Dr Kenneth Charles has admitted that Venezuelans who come to T&T to work would not be eligible to donate blood for one year.
Charles, a senior lecturer, made the comment on Tuesday at his Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, office in response to a T&T Guardian article published last Friday headlined “Venezuelans can give blood too- NCRHA head.”
Government’s visa stipulation for Venezuelans is causing concerns among some Venezuelans who are due to come here soon, as well as recent registrants who had planned to bring relatives over.
Their concerns are about the procedures to be and how efficiently the system will be implemented.
The stipulation was announced by Government last Friday at the end of the two-week amnesty registration process for Venezuelans. The visa news was widely reported in Venezuela yesterday although some of the translation was curious.
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.
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.