Hundreds denied entry to Jamaica, 473 multiple passport holders caught – Montague
Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter
Some 507 foreigners have been refused entry to Jamaica over the past 12 months as part of the effort to protect Jamaica from criminality, According to National Security Minister Robert Montague.
Another 138 persons have been deported from the island, Montague told Parliament this afternoon as he updated the legislature about actions taken to protect Jamaica over the period April 2016 to March 31 this year.
He did not give a breakdown of the origin of those persons denied entry.
The Security Minister said facial recognition software in the passport application process has resulted in the identification of 473 multiple passport holders, 73 of whom are currently before the courts.
Montague also revealed that Senior Director of the Investigation and Surveillance Unit at the Passport and Immigration Agency Andrew Wynter has been permanently appointed to head the organisation.
He has been acting in the post since the departure of Jennifer McDonald who held that position.
On the matter of illegal fishing and importation of drugs and guns, Montague said Jamaica loses US$10 million per year due to those activities.
But he said the security forces are reaping benefits and pointed to the seizure of three boats that were caught fishing illegally in Jamaican waters.
Jamaica recently spent more than $2 billion to buy two boats and a plane for the security forces.