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We are just looking out for Jamaicans, says T&T security minister

Published:Monday | October 13, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Trinidad and Tobago's National Security Minister Gary Griffith says his country’s government is actually considering the interest of Jamaicans when it denies them entry at its ports.



His comments follow reports of 13 Jamaicans who were recently denied entry to the country and allegedly held in questionable conditions.



However, speaking on Nationwide’s This Morning, earlier today, Griffith said several of the persons who were denied entry were unable to prove they had enough money to fund their stay, had lied or were unable to say where they would be staying on their visit.



In one instance he says, one of the visitors said he was going to work for someone, but when contacted the person said he knew nothing of the visitor.



In another instance, Griffith says one of the Jamaicans ripped up an immigration form in front of the immigration officer.



According to Griffith, by carrying out this kind of screening, the country is really looking out for Jamaicans and other nationals, to ensure that they do not fall on hard times in Trinidad.



The Minister is also moving to allay concerns that the Trinidad's immigration officers are biased against Jamaicans.



He says the fact that over 98 per cent of Jamaicans who travel to the country are granted entry is proof that no profiling is taking place.



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