T'dad to consider amnesty for Caricom nationals, others in detentionSunday, June 09, 2019
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — National Security Minister Stuart Young says the government will be looking at ways to deal with Caribbean Community (Caricom) nationals and others who are currently being held at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) here.
Young, who was speaking in parliament on Friday, said they could be granted amnesty, similarly to what has been done for Venezuelan nationals.
The national security minister was replying to a question from a member of the main opposition United National Congress (UNC), Fuad Khan, on whether Venezuelans now at the IDC can access the amnesty also.
Under the plan, Venezuelans registered with government are being allowed to work for a year in the twin-island republic.
Young confirmed that Venezuelans at the IDC who don't have criminal charges can register, and said that those who are at the IDC for overstaying their time or who entered the country illegally will be allowed to register for amnesty.
“We also had a conversation at Cabinet on looking at Caricom nationals, Africans, Chinese, Cubans and other nationals who are currently at the IDC, and I'll be taking a note to the National Security Council on how we deal with some of these people who are at the IDC and maybe, extending the amnesty to allow them a similar provision,” the national security minister said.