Jamaica is reporting a significant decline in the number of its nationals who have been denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago for the period March to December last year.
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said apart from the 64 percent reduction, there have also been fewer complaints of mistreatment from officials in Port of Spain.
“We received feedback from travellers and through enquiries by our Jamaican High Commission in Port of Spain that there is generally an improved experience at immigration,” she said.
US Ambassador John Estrada is making it clear that the laws that determine deportation have not changed.
The Ambassador issued a statement today fears of mass deportation of residents with the change of government in the US.
The following is the ambassador's statement.
"United States immigration law and regulations have not changed following our recent elections.
Non-U.S. citizens convicted of crimes in the U.S. can be deported to their country of origin. This happens in Trinidad and Tobago, as all over the world.
Chairman of the Emancipation Support Committee, Kafra Kambon has penned a letter to the Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Ghandi-Andrews, seeking to stop a Haitian student in this country from being sent back home.
Kambon says in his letter that the student fulfilled all requirements and even has a sponsor in this country.
He is citing the pending deportation as inhumane, given the economic and physical hardships in Haiti at this time.
CNC3 is seeking a response from the Chief Immigration Officer, on the following letter from Kambon.
The President of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association is urging the Jamaican Government to stop talking and act against Trinidad and Tobago, in relation to the latest immigration controversy, the Gleaner Newspaper is reporting.
"We have talked for too long," declared Metry Seaga, as he addressed a Gleaner Editors' Forum held at the newspaper's North Street, Kingston, offices.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses has been holding talks with his Jamaican counterpart regarding immigration issues.
News media in Jamaica have been reporting that Minister Moses spoke with Jamaican Minister Kamina Johnson Smith both yesterday and on Monday.
The talks came amid calls for a boycott of Trinidad and Tobago goods after Jamaican nationals were denied entry to this country.
The Jamaicans also complained that they were treated poorly.
The Jamaican minister says steps are being taken to find a solution at the political level.