The Immigration Department has suspended enforcement and is now in the “rescue and support mode” in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
Director of Immigration Clarence Russell told The Nassau Guardian on Monday, that “those who find themselves in a unique humanitarian position should have no genuine fear”.
Russell said 98 undocumented male immigrants were taken to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services ahead of the storm for safekeeping.
However, he noted that the prison was unable to accommodate women with children.
During the storm, three people—a Spanish woman and her two children —remained at the Carmichael Road Detention Center, with three immigration officers and a Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer, said Russell.
He said, “There were no reports of any issues at the center.”
A Haitian woman, who had recently given birth, and her baby, were released into the custody of the Haitian embassy, he said.
Russell said the woman and child were released with the undertaking that they would be returned after the storm, and also mentioned that he had lost communication with his officers in Grand Bahama and Abaco, the two islands that bore the brunt of the powerful storm.