Tougher immigration law comes into force
The Bahamas government said the new Immigration Amendment Bill has come into force and will help deal with the "tide of unlawful migration" into the country.
Immigration Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said that legislation will, among other things, provide for stiffer penalties for illegal landing, for harbouring illegal migrants, and for making attempts to leave the country to be smuggled into another country.
"The act will also make it an offence to enter into a fraudulent marriage and will strengthen the powers of arrest of immigration officers," he said.
Mitchell added that Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling had given assent to the legislation over the last weekend.