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112 Haitians repatriated

Immigration officials process illegal Haitian migrants. FILE

One hundred and twelve Haitians were repatriated yesterday morning, according to Director of Immigration Clarence Russell.

The repatriation group was comprised of 77 men, 33 women, one girl and one boy.

They were deported via Bahamasair.

“While we share great empathy for such persons, particularly post-Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas remains a sovereign nation of laws which we, as an agency, are obligated to enforce without fear, favor, malice or ill will in a humane but effective manner having great regard for the rule of law,” Russell said in a statement.

“We wish them a safe and well flight.”

The government has come under fire, both locally and internationally, for its decision to deport undocumented migrants impacted by Dorian – the strongest storm on record to hit The Bahamas.

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, the government announced that it would halt deportations of undocumented migrants from Abaco and Grand Bahama, which were severely impacted by the storm.

However, despite the issues surrounding The Bahamas Immigration Department’s “firm stance” in continuing deportation, the department remains committed to “lawfully” executing its sworn duty, Russell said.

In the statement, Russell also noted that an American man was repatriated on Saturday, and four Haitian men and three Haitian women were repatriated on Sunday.

According to the director, on Monday, the department repatriated: four Nigerian men, two Bangladeshi men, one South African woman and one Haitian man who has Brazilian residency.

The latter were all repatriated onboard Copa Airlines via Brazil.

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