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Bahamas warns illegal Haitians

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NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas government says it will deport illegal Haitians found on the island after complaining of “a noticeable increase” in the number of people from the earthquake battered country trying to “gain illegal entry into the country”.A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that over the past six months, “and, in particular, during the last two weeks”, the authorities have noticed the increase in the number of Haitian migrants attempting to gain entry illegally into the country. “The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas wishes to remind the general public of its long-standing policy with respect to illegal entry into its territory from all countries including Haiti,” the statement said, noting that following the January 12 earthquake that devastated the country, “The Bahamas was understanding and responsive by temporarily suspending its apprehension exercises with respect to Haitians residing illegally in its territory”.It said that the Department of Immigration had also issued permits “to reside” to 102 people who were detained at The Bahamas Detention Centre.“Having regard to the recent heightened infringement of Bahamas Immigration Law, notice is hereby given that with immediate effect, all illegal immigrants are requested to leave The Bahamas voluntarily.  “All persons who are here illegally are in contravention of the laws of The Bahamas, and are advised to return to their country of origin or be subject to apprehension and deportation.  “Persons who are found to be in The Bahamas illegally will be repatriated forthwith,” the statement added. (CMC)