Rounded up!

Trump ban hits home, pm reveals

More than a dozen Barbadians have fallen prey to United States president Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the revelation in Guyana today where he is attending the 28th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Intersessional Summit, saying he had received word that 19 Barbadians were detained in the US.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (seated second from right in this official CARICOM photo) revealed today that 19 Barbadians were detained in the US. He spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the CARICOM Intersessional Summit in Guyana.

“In the meeting this morning, the Foreign Minister [Maxine McClean] showed me a text message or an email message she had just received saying that 19 Barbadians had been identified in this whole process,” Stuart told journalists on the sidelines of the two-day regional meeting.

He said Government would be investigating the reports even as he expressed surprise that Barbadians and other Caribbean nationals were being rounded up by American authorities in keeping with Trump’s January 27 order, which was intended to keep terrorists out of the US.

“We did not see ourselves as threatened,” said a seemingly surprised Stuart, adding that regional leaders would now be forced to address the issue during their Georgetown deliberations.

The US travel ban has been widely criticized for its sloppy implementation, which came with virtually no warning and for its target of seven Muslim countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

It was not immediately clear whether the 19 Barbadian detainees were Muslims.

And when contacted tonight the secretary of the Barbados Muslim Association (BMA) Suleiman Bulbulia told Barbados TODAY he was unaware of the detentions announced by Stuart.

“I am not aware of it, this is the first time I’m hearing this news and I really can’t comment because I have no information on it,” he said when contacted by telephone tonight.

However, immediately following Trump’s announcement of the controversial executive order banning travel to the US by citizens of the seven predominantly Muslim countries, Bulbulia had said he anticipated an even tougher time for local Muslims looking to travel to the US.

“We have a good relationship with the US embassy here, we have had that for a number of years, we have highlighted our concerns to them about upstanding people in our community being unable to access visas and all cases they say that they don’t give reasons for visa denials or revocations but that persons are free to reapply. We believe that in light of what is happening this situation is going to get even worse and drive more people to not want to travel there,” Bulbulia had stated then.

Trump’s ban has triggered worldwide outrage as well as protests in US and chaos in the first days of its implementation as people arriving at US airports from targeted countries were detained while others were immediately sent back home.

On February 4, Federal judge James Robart halted the travel ban, describing the order as “outrageous”, following a lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Washington state and Minnesota.

Three days later his decision was unanimously upheld by three federal appeals judges, with Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke warning that the order may extend to this region.

Clarke, the representative for the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, therefore urged Caribbean countries to organize a strong lobby to resist the move.

“We know that in the Caribbean region there is a very healthy Muslim population from Guyana, to Trinidad, to Jamaica, across the board; and so, we have to make sure we come together,” she said.

At a news conference today, Trump said he would announce a new executive order on immigration next week.
sandydeane@barbadostoday.bb

19 Responses to Rounded up!

  1. hcalndre February 16, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Have the PM forgotten what his predecessor did to the very Guyanese. I`m sorry about the 19 but barbados will have to deal with them when and if they`re sent to barbados.

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  2. Watchful Warrior February 17, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Now you know how the Guyanese felt…To reconcile with our brothers and sisters in Guyana first Apologise…we are going to have to be reliant on each other …To my brothers and sisters in Guyana I offer my apologies for Bajans ignorance and xenophobia…A Barbados Citizen

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    • Gearbox1964 February 17, 2017 at 9:37 am

      I’m with you on this.

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    • Bajan February 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      I support this statement Watchful Warrior. And I will suggest that Barbados should do a lot more to elevate Bajans and West Indian people to self awareness and acceptance, unity and universal greatness.

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  3. seagul February 17, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Whether they are Muslims or not now we see how our concerns are treated–like satellites that can be trampled at any time.

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  4. Ernesta Catlyn February 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    You see now why he is not in a position to fire anyone. He living under a rock; only wakes up when he travels. I wonder if our Foreign Minister was proactive enough to have put things in place? Somehow I doubt.

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  5. Peter February 17, 2017 at 9:47 am

    A Guyanese friend of mine once told me during a typical Christmas morning Guyanese breakfast that once when he arrived in Barbados fro Guyana, just before he got to immigration, he was ORDERED by an officer to go and sit on a long wooden bench “AND WAIT” she yelled. He whipped out three passports. One a Barbados passport, one An American and the third a Guyanese Diplomatic passport. and asked her which one she wanted to see. She examined them all for validity and apologized. He told her He was a qualified judge who is attached to the United Nations and he requested a prompt meeting with her manager. He saw the tears that welled up in her eyes and in turn told her he knew she was carrying out direct instructions. Needless to say all those arriving Guyanese were removed from the bench and processed immediately. Most of them, he declared said that they will still love Bajans and will always welcome them in Guyana.

    Here’s to Caribbean unity.

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  6. jrsmith February 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    We are so laid back , we are so educated , what did our politicians did as to this idea of the president immigration policy ,( which he spoke of all through the presidential elections ..
    Our government shouldn’t get involve with no other country to challenge the (US) , the (US) is always deporting criminal bajans and other all over the region , we dont even know or understand what is going to happen… our useless -lot of politicians should just keep they mouths shut and hide themselves as they always do………….

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  7. L King February 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    More like these Barbadians are illegal. Must be fake news

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  8. L King February 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    @ Warrior you must be Guyanese!

    In any case if ANY person is illegal you have broken the law of your host country therefore don’t cry when u get caught for any persons that does this has NO respect for the law at any level.

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  9. Greengiant February 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    The reality is, nobody wants illegal immigrants or criminals in their country. Several illegal persons in the US may be fugitives from justice in their country of origin.

    Illegal immigrants are all drain on any country’s economy as they don’t pay taxes and those who employ them don’t either. So if our nationals go to the US, don’t regularise their status and gets caught up in this sting operation then the US government has the right to deport them. Likewise we have the right to deport any regional or other nationals who breaks our immigration law by overstaying their welcome. So you all can stop all the immature emotional comments. I know of a case where a Jamaica national was working here in construction under a name. He got into trouble with the law, our police had reason to send his prints to Jamaica only to find out he was a fugitive who was wanted for violent crime. So really there’s no place like home.

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  10. M King February 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    People stop the Crabs in the Barrel talk. The US is Deporting any anyone who they catch and are illegal. People from all countries. The Caribbean Selfish freeloading mentality is the very reason why we don’t have a federation. Every Caribbean will see their country men deported. Please don’t gloat, do not treat them like outcast. Some of the people being deported are simple overstays.

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  11. eddy murray February 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Well Kelly going to get his wish, to rent out the Grotto units or sell off

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  12. Jennifer February 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    There will NEVER BE CARIBBEAN UNITY once my people remain in a blinded, comatose state of NOT knowing who they are as a people. Being DONKEYS carrying the PIG food on their backs. And you can believe it or not, nothing will change. Ignorance is not bliss.

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  13. Jennifer February 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    @M King – There is no difference between the Crabs in the Barrel mentality and the Caribbean Selfish freeloading mentality. Same stew.

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  14. M King February 18, 2017 at 12:22 am

    http://www.trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/350/include/table4.html
    The list on the link is of a few years ago Trump is ramping up for massive deportations. No one not born in the USA is safe

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  15. Randolph February 18, 2017 at 5:44 am

    All that we are going through now including the economic turmoil is because of the wicked decisions of the late David Thompson.In his first budget he taxed Bajans so hard even if you owned a bicycle you could not escape.Over 400,000.000 ,in taxes.Then unceremoniously rounding up Guyanese like they were animals and chasing them out of Barbados.

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  16. The Negrocrat February 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Did David Thompson round up Guyanese or did he scare them into leaving?

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  17. allison archer February 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    this article is pure lies

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