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Security Minister stands firm on statements

by | Oct 16, 2014 | 1 comment

gary Griffith 22Minister of National Security Gary Griffith is unapologetic about recent statements he made about the deportation of 13 Jamaicans.

He disputed claims from the Jamaican government and opposition that he is “muddying the integration waters,” and

maintained that he was simply doing his job.

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He added that his statements were factual and that it was the response by the Jamaican government that was undiplomatic.

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Minister Griffith said that he will continue to do his job despite the criticisms.

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  1. V.H. Clarke

    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS RIGHT TO DENY ENTRY TO UNWORTHY JAMACIAN CITIZENS.

    I agree with Minister Gary Griffith’s position that our immigration authorities need to be as vigilant as possible when allowing or denying entrance to Caricom citizens (Jamaicans) or all other non-nationals to Trinidad and Tobago.
    The last time we treated with this problem some months ago, Minister Dookeram flew to Jamaica and gave his ministerial counterpart there certain assurances about revisions in the Trinidad and Tobago immigration processes for the admission of Caricom (Jamaican) citizens to our country. At that time, Minister Griffith objected to Min. Dookeran’s approach to the problem – saying that Min. Dookeran should have cleared his comments with him (Griffith) first. I thought then, as I do now, that Min. Griffith was correct.
    When I listened to Min. Dookeran’s address in Jamaica to audiences and the media there, I kept wondering why he was being so, almost, apologetic about the actions of our immigration officials at Piarco. I thought that Trinidad and Tobago, in the person of Min. Dookeran, needed to assume a more realistic stance about the problems we and other countries in this region face with Jamaican nationals. They constantly flaunt the immigration regulations of other countries where they desire to establish themselves – as has been the experience in The Cayman Islands (where they now outnumber the locals there), Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago …….. and the list goes on. It is as if their destruction of the own country automatically exempts them from respecting other societies and the laws of other countries.
    The fact of the matter is that, by and large, Jamaicans (and a few other nationals in our region) and taking unfair advantage of their Caricom privileges and are misusing the Chaguaramas Treaty to illegally establish themselves in Trinidad and Tobago. They are all a burden to our society: they make no appropriate contributions to the support systems of our country and, what is worse, they are neither even loyal to nor supportive of Trinidadian efforts or sentiments. I recently heard a street vendor on lower Henry Street say that she was “here to drink milk, not to kind cow” – talk about “sitting on the river bank talking the river bad”.
    Everywhere – throughout the region and around the world – respective local authorities are assuming defensive postures against the invasion-like tactics of Jamaicans and other nationals who, in their search for a better life, blatantly disregard immigration regulations of other countries including ours.
    Min. Dookeran’s soft approach to the absurdity of Jamaican authorities and their nationals deserves to be thrown out not only by Min. Griffith but by all self-respecting Trinidadians and Tobagonians.
    Our Min. of National Security must stand firm against the response by Jamaica to Trinidad and Tobago’s refusal of entry to these last thirteen (13) Jamaican nationals who did not satisfy our immigration entry requirements.