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T&T Security minister vows to keep out 'undesirables'

Saturday, December 07, 2013    

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TRINIDAD and Tobago's security minister Gary Griffith has declared that he will continue to boot undesirables from that country.

Griffith's declaration came despite a promise by his parliamentary colleague, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran, who promised to ensure free travel between Jamaica and the twin island during his visit to the island this week.

Dookeran embarked on a diplomatic mission to Jamaica at the orders of his prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, after local sentiments ran high and Jamaicans threatened to boycott Trinidadian products after 13 Jamaicans were denied entry, forced to sit on a hard bench for an entire night, and sent back home last month.

A caustic Griffith chided his fellow minister for making promises to Jamaica's Foreign Affairs Minister AJ Nicholson without consulting him first.

In a report carried in the Trinidad Guardian Thursday, Griffith said the immigration officers under his command had been given orders to turn back anyone they saw fit, and insisted that people who entered that country under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) programme continued to be a burden and were possible criminals.

"T&T is not a mall, where anyone will be allowed entry," he is quoted as saying.

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