Government cracks down on illegal migrants benefitting from schooling opportunities
NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC):
The Bahamas government said students registering for the new academic year will be required to show that they have a permit authorising them to reside legally in the country.
In addition, the students would have to show they are in possession of a Bahamian passport and a birth certificate indicating that one of the parents is a Bahamian citizen.
The announcement comes amid new immigration policies outlined by the Perry Christie government that has been criticised by human rights group here, which have labelled the measures inhumane.
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association has been very vocal against the new immigration policy that requires non-nationals to show evidence that they have permission to live or work in the country.
It said it intends to challenge legally the new legislation.