13 Jamaicans denied entry in Trinidad

KINGSTON – In a direct breach of the Revised Treaty Of Chaguaramas, and a snub of a recent ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Trinidadian immigration officers denied 13 Jamaicans entry into that country on Tuesday night, detained them
and sent them back home on the first flight
yesterday morning.

The Jamaicans were angry when the Jamaica Observer spoke to them immediately after they were processed by immigration officials at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday afternoon.

They said that their passports were confiscated by the Trinidadians and they were ordered to sit on a wooden bench throughout the night before they were rudely bundled on a Caribbean Airlines flight on which the majority of the Reggae Boyz football team were being flown home after their friendly match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Among those turned away from her fellow Caribbean Community (Caricom) state was Anne Gordon, who was given the task of chaperoning an 11-year-old girl to see her father who resides in that country with his Trinidadian wife. However, both Gordon and the girl were denied entry, despite carrying Caricom passports.

“She cried all night. They just took our passports and told us we did not meet their entry requirements. If her father lives there why did they refuse the child the chance to see her father?” Gordon questioned.

The child was picture of dejection. “I don’t see my father since last year,” she said.

In a recent ruling in the landmark case involving Shanique Myrie against the Barbadian Government, the CCJ ruled that where a Caricom national is refused entry into a member state, that national should be given the opportunity to consult an attorney or a consular official of his or her country, or to contact a family member.

The Jamaicans said that they were not allowed to contact anybody nor were they even allowed to use their cellular phones to contact the persons who were waiting outside the Piarco Airport to receive them. They also claimed they were threatened that their phones would be seized if they attempted to use them.

“When I gave them the number of my sister-in-law, the woman [immigration officer] pretended to make a call and then told me that it was a man on the other end. While she did that I called my sister-in-law, who had invited me to visit her, and got her. I tried to give the immigration officer the phone but she said she was not talking to anyone,” Onicia Robinson, one of the Jamaicans denied entry to Trinidad, said.

When the Observer contacted Robinson’s sister-in-law, Gillian Leben, she confirmed that she was not contacted by any immigration official in regards to her receiving Robinson. “I was outside the airport with a taxi to pick her up until 4:00 this morning [yesterday] and my phone did not ring. No one contacted me,” Leben said.

The CCJ had also ruled that member states should give, promptly and in writing, reasons for refusing entry to Caricom nationals. The receiving state is also obliged to inform the refused national of his or her right to challenge the decision.

The Jamaicans claimed that this was not done, saying that they were threatened to sign a refusal of entry form or spend the night in jail. (Jamaica Observer)

20 Responses to 13 Jamaicans denied entry in Trinidad

  1. Wavne Bovell
    Wavne Bovell November 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    damn shame, what is going on in Trinidad this is the second story i heard about this happening in the airport for people going there, not me not visiting

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  2. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond November 22, 2013 at 2:08 am

    wonder is the ccj will make tnt pay them to .. bet not ..

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  3. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell November 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Brothers and Sisters to Brothers and Sisters SMH Shame on it all

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  4. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens November 22, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Are they going to sue Trinidad

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  5. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett November 22, 2013 at 7:04 am

    The Trinidadian Immigration got sense. Send them packing on the first flight back. Yes, yes, yes.

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  6. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley November 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I TRAVEL FROM THE US TO EUROPE HASSLE FREE. I TRAVEL FROM THE US TO CANADA HASSLE FREE. BUT, ONE CANNOT TRAVEL FRON ONE CARIBBEAN TO ANOTHER HASSLE FREE. WE CANNOT BE ANGRY WITH THE DOMINICAN REP. WHEn WE ARE ALSO ACTING PREJUDICED AGAINST OUR OWN. JAMAiICA ,JAMAICA YOU ARE ALSO @ FAULT FOR NOT YOU ACT TOGETHER. ” CARIBBEAN UNITY WHERE IS IT ? “

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  7. Nisha White
    Nisha White November 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I wonder what will happen here now. hmmmm

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  8. Alana Slimz
    Alana Slimz November 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Jamaicans have to ask themselves this question …”Why are we being thrown out of other Caribbean countries? ” Is the whole Caribbean against Jamaica ? No ,but some make bad for all #thatisall

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  9. Duane November 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This caricom thing is a joke it it used to benifits countries for their exports why after all his time people are not allowed to travel freely

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  10. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Not surprise one bit.

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  11. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond November 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

    nothing is going to come out of it , only when its Barbados immigration doing they job , its wrong ..not tnt ..

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  12. Stan Gilbert
    Stan Gilbert November 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Good and bad in all nations. Judge each person on their merit. Love all respect all. We are all Gods children.

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  13. Stan Gilbert
    Stan Gilbert November 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    My family are both black and white and we are accepted with open arms everywhere . Colour dont come into it. Its whats in a man’s heart that counts. We all equal in Gods eyes. Love & respect.

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  14. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding November 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    ..This is an insult to all Caribbean people…Shame on you…Trinidad…

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    • Outsider November 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      No Sir. Shame on Jamaica for not provided for Jamaicans. Trinidad providing for her people. The Bahamas, Barbados, now Trinidad. Everyone is wrong except Jamaica. If you look at the history of Jamaica, you’ll see they never wanted to be part of Caricom or any treaty. Successive leaders failed Jamaica. Now countries like Barbados have to deal with the burden of there failures in the name of Caricom. Bajans stop importing Jamaica’s foolishness into your beautiful country. Stop the reggae concerts. TOo much on the radio stations. Bajans wake up, they want to boycott you, imagine that!

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  15. Clyde November 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    We win some,we loose some

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  16. Eudora Amor
    Eudora Amor November 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Send them back home .

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  17. mike November 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Now Trinidad will understand what Barbados have deal with when it comes to these people. A stubborn, hardhead lot, very similar to Guyanese. Not very organized, fake papers, passports, etc. but believe that somehow there’re smarter than bajans.

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  18. guest November 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    If you notice in town now you’ll find A lot of Jamaicans and Guyanese. They have very nasty attitudes.They’re not only bringing crime but many of the bad lawless ways with them. They are destroying the beautiful fabric of Barbados sadly.Every week A Guyanese or Jamacan is in some type of mix-up directly or indirectly with police. Too many are in the hotel sector hiding. Something has to be done to stop the flow of these people into our country. Trinis and st Lucians are no problem.

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  19. David December 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Jamaica is a way way more beautiful country than Barbados and Trinidad put together. I just never get the reason why Jamaicans feel they have to go the these cesspools, of ignorant British wanna bes, and people who only got oil going for them, yet their country is still poor and equally as corrupt as Ja. But thank “all unuh”…. One day sensible Jamaicans will begin to lead Ja. Everything happens for a season, and seasons always come back around.

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