Bahamas embark on mass deportation after 76 illegal migrants arrested

NASSAU, Bahamas, Monday November 3, 2014, CMC – The Bahamas government confirmed that 76 people had been arrested over the last weekend after they failed to meet the new requirements for staying legally in the country.

Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell also denied reports that children were detained and placed in the Carmichael Road detention center during the exercise on Saturday.

“Some people have expressed concern about children and I would only say that we are seeking the intervention of the Department of Social Services where this is necessary,” Mitchell told a news conference on his return to the country from the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

He told reporters that the administrative measures announced by the department on work permits, certificates of identity and residency permits had gone into effect and on Saturday “there was a routine interdiction exercise …which resulted in some 76 arrests”.

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