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News Article

April 11, 2012
Customs and immigration officers fear national security being jeopardized

Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU) Vice President Sloane Smith said the country's security could be at risk as "non-qualified" Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers are manning some entry points in place of officers at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).
A few Defence Force officers have been placed at LPIA as customs and immigration officers have been on...

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News Article

February 27, 2013
Immigration reform

Immigration reform is a highly contentious issue in The Bahamas that must be addressed. Our current ad hoc approach leaves eligible citizens, foreign corporations, and refugees floundering in a broken system. Broad ministerial support is needed for this to occur, yet political agendas continue to stifle any real reform.
The infatuation with a "One Bahamas" perpetuates a dangerous insular agenda ...

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News Article

April 29, 2013
Who is in charge of our government

Silence is acquiescence. Are we to accept then that our prime minister and deputy prime minister profess the same anti-foreign sentiment as is being expressed by Immigration and Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell?
If not, they should stand up and make a clear and comprehensive statement on this government's position on immigration.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) is at an interesting place. After...

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News Article

June 27, 2014
IDB adviser: Immigration constraints 'a serious issue'

The Bahamas' tight immigration laws are a "serious issue" facing national growth according to the authors of a recent Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report on brain drain in this country and the wider Caribbean.
The report from the IDB titled "Is there a Caribbean Sclerosis?" released earlier this month revealed that 61 percent of tertiary-educated Bahamians sought employment abroad.
In an ...

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News Article

November 27, 2014
Ministry of Public Service Update on discussions with the Customs and Immigration and Allied Workers Union

The Customs and Immigration Union registered several Trade Disputes with the Department of Labour, the last of which was registered on 23rd October 2013 The Union applied to the Minister of Labour...

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News Article

February 11, 2015
On the PLP govt immigration policy

Dear Editor,
The announcement of the government's new immigration policy appeals to certain emotions and foments a resentment of foreign nationals. In reviewing aspects of the policy, it appears, in what has become a troubling pattern, that the government is prepared to ignore the rule of law.
Illegal migration is a critical challenge which must be responded to vigorously, effectively and humanely...

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News Article
Haitian Ambassador: “More Haitians Will Continue to Come”
August 07, 2008

At a time when immigration authorities grapple to put a clamp on the heavy influx of illegal immigrants entering the country, the sad reality is that many Haitian nationals of that impoverished island will continue to risk their lives on the open seas in search of a better standard of living in the Bahamas, according to Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas Louis Harold Joseph.

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Movie
BIFF Presents: Immigration Tango
  • Genre : Comedy
  • Rating :

An American couple and a foreign couple test the limits of friendship and love when they switch partners and get married for green cards.


News Article
Immigration Honors Former Directors at 70th Anniversary Banquet
November 23, 2009
Immigration Honors Former Directors at 70th Anniversary Banquet

The Bahamas Immigration Department honored its former directors at a gala banquet, November 20, which closed out its 70th Anniversary celebrations, at the Grand Ballroom, Atlantis, Paradise Island.

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News Article

October 04, 2010
Over 200 Haitians repatriated

By KEVA LIGHTBOURNE
Guardian Senior Reporter
kdl@nasguard.com

More than 200 undocumented Haitian immigrants were repatriated to their impoverished homeland over the weekend, immigration officials said.
"The Bahamas Immigration Department continues to be vigilant in its sustained efforts to apprehend and repatriate those attempting to enter The Bahamas illegally, as well as those residing and work...

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Event
Turning Pages A New look at Immigration in the Bahamas
Turning Pages A New look at Immigration in the Bahamas

Thursday 4th April 2013  6:30 PM

Turning Pages
A New look at Immigration in the Bahamas
Thursday April 4th, 2013

with The Honorable Fred A. Mitchell
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
The Harry C. Moore Library (C.O.B Campus) 6:30pm

About the forum: the forum will provide the wider population an opportunity to hear what the current government is doing with regards to rectifying the inconsistencies within our le...


News Article

December 29, 2010
Customs and Immigration concerns raised

By CELESTE NIXON

Tribune Staff Reporter

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

IMPLEMENTATION of the shift system for immigration and customs officers, inaccurate pay cheques, and no overtime or holiday pay, is stifling morale and productivity among officers, claim union leaders.

Deron Brooks, executive vice-president of Bahamas Custom and Immigration Workers Allied Union (BCIWAU) in Grand Bahamas, said yest...

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News Article

February 06, 2011
Complaints over immigration raid 'will be investigated'

By MEGAN REYNOLDS

Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

COMPLAINTS of aggressive tactics employed by Immigration and Defence Force officers who raided a Haitian Village on Joe Farrington Road on Friday will be investigated, director of Immigration Jack Thompson said yesterday.

The early morning raid by 34 Immigration and Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers demanded resident...

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News Article

June 30, 2011
Bahamians 'partially to blame' for illegal immigration issues

By LAMECH JOHNSON

IMMIGRATION director Jack Thompson has said Bahamians are partially to blame for the country's illegal immigration woes.

Mr Thompson said the successive waves of Haitian illegals who find their way to our shores are encouraged by the fact that Bahamians are willing to employ them.

Speaking at the New Providence Association of Public High Schools principals forum at the Breezes...

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News Article

July 05, 2011
NDP speaks out against Director of Immigration, Jack Thompson's remarks suggesting the targeting of children of illegal migrants

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Press Statement issued by NDP in reference to recent remarks by Mr. Jack Thompson...

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News Article

July 15, 2011
BPSU expects to win Immigration/Customs poll

The Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) has said it is confidence that it will win today's poll to determine the union to represent over 1,000 workers at the Departments of  Immigration and Customs.
"I'm quite confident that we will be victorious," emphasized BPSU president John Pinder yesterday during a news conference at the union's headquarters on Wulff Road.
The Bahamas Customs Immigratio...

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News Article

July 19, 2011
Bran: why I quit my job at immigration

By NOELLE NICOLLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

REPEATED efforts to address the country's immigration problems were "blocked" by "the man himself", Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, claimed Branville McCartney, leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA).

Mr McCartney said he resigned as Minister of State for Immigration after Prime Minister Ingraham told him on "repeated...

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News Article

February 16, 2012
The immigration fiasco pt. 1

Many Bahamians were offended and outraged by the remarks made by President Michel Martelly of the Republic of Haiti during his recent visit to The Bahamas.  During his time here, Martelly paid courtesy calls on the governor general, the prime minister, the leader of the opposition and individuals of Haitian heritage, albeit not in that order.
Martelly's visit came as a shock to the majority o...

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News Article

February 23, 2012
The immigration fiasco pt. 2

The Latin phrase "Vox Populi, vox dei" when translated to English means that "the voice of the people is the voice of God".  This phrase is commonly attributed to voting and was most notably used by Sir Lynden Pindling after conceding the Progressive Liberal Party's defeat of the 1992 general election. Today, the same holds true; however, Bahamians ought to realize that their voices carry pow...

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News Article

March 05, 2012
PM issues warning on unrest at LPIA

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on the weekend warned immigration officers absent from their posts at Lynden Pindling International Airport to return to work or face the consequences.
Ingraham called an emergency press conference after arriving in Exuma on Saturday for the official opening of the Free National Movement's (FNM) constituency office.
He told reporters that none of the immigration line...

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