45 snared in immigration sweep
Authorities rounded up 45 foreigners suspected to be illegals over the weekend, according to the Department of Immigration.
Authorities said during “Operation Western Sweep”, which started at 5 a.m. Friday in western New Providence, 45 foreigners were arrested and transported to the Carmichael Road Detention Center.
The operation reportedly swept through Frank Watson Highway, Old Fort Bay and Airport Industrial Park Road.
After processing, authorities said 21 people were released while 24 were committed to the detention center for various immigration infractions.
The operation was spearheaded by Chief Immigration Officer Harold Thurston along with the K-9 unit, officers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) southwestern division led by Chief Superintendent Bruce Arnett.
Rights Bahamas released a statement Friday condemning the operation.
“After yet another spate of aggressive and discriminatory round-ups on New Providence, Rights Bahamas is calling on the Department of Immigration to cease and desist from its campaign of illegal roadblocks and arbitrary detentions,” Rights Bahamas said.
“The tactic of staging roadblocks and demanding that people show papers or else be detained is perverse, dictatorial and a gross violation of the rights enshrined in The Bahamas’ constitution.”