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Nassau Guardian reports on status of Haitian Migrants

March 2, 2010

“Only 11 of 102 released Haitians have reported to Immigration so far” By Keva Lightbourne ~ Guardian Senior Reporter:

Eleven of the 102 Haitian immigrants who were released from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre last month and given temporary status have reported to the Department of Immigration so far, Immigration Director Jack Thompson disclosed yesterday.

Thompson confirmed that all 11 of them live in various communities throughout New Providence.

The decision to release the migrants from the Detention Center was made by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham following the January 12, 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, destroying businesses and buildings, killing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving millions more homeless.

Yesterday Thompson said he did not think that only the 11 people would follow the directives given to them upon their release in January.

When they were released they were told to report back to the department this month.

“I don’t think that is going to be all. I think more are going to come, but so far on the first of March that is the number we have,” Thompson reported.

So far, he said none of the persons released reported to the Immigration Department in Freeport.

See full article in The Nassau Guardian

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