160 Venezuelan nationals have been deported by the National Security Ministry, in conjunction with Venezuelan authorities.
In a release, the Ministry says the persons had entered T&T illegally and it maintains that the exercise was carried out in compliance with this country’s laws and in fulfillment of Government policy.
It has also vowed to uphold the law, following a recent court matter.
Minister Stuart Young claims that he learned via a media report, that certain lawyers approached a High Court Judge, ex parte, and that the Judge made certain orders pertaining to some Venezuelans who are in T&T illegally.
Mr Young insists the state was not represented at this hearing and has spoken to the Attorney General, for this particular matter to be appropriately addressed.
The Ministry’s release goes on to state “While the Government acknowledges that there may be personal views surrounding the illegal entry into Trinidad and Tobago by persons, the Government, through the Ministry of National Security and other arms of the state, will continue to apply the laws and do all that it reasonably can to secure the borders and prevent illegal entry into Trinidad and Tobago. The measures being taken including the closure of our borders are to protect the health and safety of our Citizens and those legally in Trinidad and Tobago.”