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Government moving to tighten immigration policy

Published:Thursday | February 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

Barbados government legislators have defended the immigration policy of the island despite a recent ruling by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) awarding a Jamaican national a substantial amount of money for being denied entry.

Debating the Immigration (Amendment) Bill, the legislators urged immigration officers not to be intimidated by travellers who sought to subvert the island's immigration policy.

Attorney General and Home Affairs Minister Adriel Brathwaite, who has warned of non-nationals going "underground" in a bid to evade authorities, said that the CCJ ruling may have affected some immigration officers who are feeling

intimidated.

"They should not and cannot execute their responsibilities looking over their shoulders worrying about whether or not Barbados will be sued. Therefore, CARICOM has offered some guidance in terms of this issue of the automatic six months' entry into Barbados.