PRESS RELEASE: TURKS AND CAICOS AUTHORITIES INTERCEPT ILLEGAL HAITIAN IMMIGRATION ATTEMPT

A sloop carrying 82 would be illegal immigrants was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and brought safely to port at South Dock, Providenciales at 10.00am today, Monday, 1 September 2014.

The vessel was captured following a report passed to the police by immigration staff at the government’s coastal radar station.

The 60 males and 22 females were handed over to immigration officials at the detention centre. After processing they will be repatriated to Haiti in the next few days.

Two of the group were sent to the Cheshire Hall Medical Facility for treatment due to extreme fatigue and another for a laceration to their leg sustained when they tried to jump overboard and escape the authorities.

“I urge the Haitian authorities to stop these attempts at illegal migration from their shores to the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said the Hon. Ricardo Don Hue Gardiner, Minister for Border Control and Labour. “Not only is it extremely dangerous for those concerned - this vessel was taking on water when we caught it - but, it is a disproportionate burden on the resources of this country. It must stop.

“I commend all of our responders and agencies for their hard work and commitment to duty.”

The communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to contact law enforcement with any information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants or on pending sloop arrivals.

The Police can be contacted anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477. Tips can also be submitted anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA. 

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Update: TCIG sees significant progress in nationwide recovery efforts

The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) has reported that the Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) has seen significant progress in its recovery efforts around the islands.

Dr. Virginia I. Clerveaux, Director, DDME reported “With a continued increase in manpower and equipment, the recovery process is expected to be completed in approximately one week. All major government roads in Provo are cleared and most in North and Middle Caicos, with the exception of the Kew settlement.”

“We are still working in Providenciales, where mostly private yards are still inundated with flooding as well as Enid Capron Primary School. Sufficient relief and shelter supplies have maintained throughout including blankets and cots.”

She further stated that, “The vector control team has been around Providenciales and North Caicos treating stagnant waters. Fumigating is scheduled to take place over the weekend and into next week. This process could be delayed by the wind and rain.”

“The new access road linking Bottle Creek and Kew, North Caicos has been completed since Friday. And since then, has had quarry placed on it to increase traction.”

The Director closed with; “The previous road that was flooded has started to decrease naturally however; the Public Works Department will recommence pumping as of Monday, 1 September along with pumping water in the Kew Settlement. This is expected to last for 4-5 days. Although, residents are no longer stranded as they have new access route.”

A Damage assessment Team has been mobilized and will be conducting a comprehensive damage assessment of impacted communities of Bottle Creek and Kew in North Caicos by Thursday September 4, 2014.

The Executive Policy Group is scheduled to meet Tuesday, 2 September 2014, where they plan to not only discuss the final stages of the Tropical Storm Cristobal Recovery Plan and the steps to be taken, but also TCIG’s readiness and approach for the remainder of the hurricane season.

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