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Illegal Jamaicans in T&T urged to get regularised

Published:Monday | October 13, 2014 | 1:12 PM

The Trinidadian National Security Minister says the country does not plan to deport the 19,000 Jamaicans who are reportedly in the country illegally.



Griffith drew the ire of both Foreign Affairs Minister A.J. Nicholson and his Opposition counterpart, Edmund Bartlett, when he reported that the 19,000 Jamaicans in the country illegally are placing a heavy burden on the country’s government.



According to the Griffith Jamaicans living illegally in Trinidad & Tobago have resulted in the loss of approximately a billion Trinidadian dollars.



Speaking earlier today, Griffith said he had ascertained that 19,000 Jamaicans were currently in the country illegally based on information from the country’s immigration department.



He says after entering the country some of the Jamaicans married Trinidadians and failed to regularise their status, while others simply overstayed.



Griffith says the government does not intend to launch a witch hunt for these persons.



He says instead they're being encouraged to come forward so they can be regularised.



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