by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – At the start of the year, 21 nationals of Haiti were taken into custody after entering the Federation illegally when a vessel ran aground at Bath Village Nevis on January 02, 2022.
During his monthly press conference, Premier of Nevis the Hon Mark Brantley informed the general public that the 21 Haitians housed at Potworks Nevis would be repatriated to Haiti next Monday (January 31).
Brantley said it was a very sad situation.
“It’s a very unfortunate situation, but there was little that we could have done in the circumstances when persons arrive here illegally with no jobs and no means of sustaining themselves… the authorities at National Security have taken the decision to repatriate them to their own country on January 31, 2022.”
In the days preceding the apprehension of the people who illegally entered the country, several individuals were charged with illegal entry and harbouring the illegal immigrants, including two nationals of Dominica, two nationals of Haiti residing in St Kitts and four nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Brantley condemned the local people involved in human trafficking and discouraged anyone from engaging in that activity in the future.
“Particularly given our history of slavery, where we were trafficked and brought here from Africa, it is, to me, a horrible, horrible thing for citizens to engage in and to seek to extract money from individuals to transport them illegally to other countries is a truly horrible practice and criminal enterprise that we must seek to bring to an end,” said Brantley.
“The individuals here who have boats and engage in this type of activity, I am urging you to cease and desist, the police are urging you to cease and desist because we will not sit by and allow people to benefit and traffic in the misery of others.”