More than 100 people trying to escape the destruction on the Bahamas have been kicked from a lifeboat to the US because they did not have an American visa.
Approximately 130 Bahamians in Freeport were forced to board a ferry before departing for Florida this Sunday evening after a surprise announcement had been made on board without those without a visa being able to enter the US to seek refuge.
& # 39; Please, anyone who does not have an American visa, please disembark, & # 39; the announcement sounded through the loudspeaker on board, leaving Bahamians astonished and confused after initially being told that they could board with only a passport and police record.
This is only a few days after Florida lawmakers Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have urged President Trump to abandon visa requirements or to suspend them for Bahamas citizens who have family members in the US and seek refuge after Hurricane Dorian has been blown through the islands.
About 130 Bahamians in Freeport were forced to board a ferry before departing for Fort Lauderdale, Florida this Sunday evening
Hundreds of evacuees stand in line for hours to board the ferry to Fort Lauderdale.
But images from within the lifeboat show hordes of people – including children – leaving the ferry, leaving them stranded on land destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.
& # 39; They originally said you could come with a police record and without a visa and now they are taking it back & # 39 ;, a woman on board said Brian Entin while the boat pulled out of the dock. & # 39; That is really ridiculous. That's awful, & # 39;
Renard Oliver, who was forced off the ferry in Freeport, spoke while holding his daughter in his arms.
& # 39; They were called by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and CBP told them that anyone who does not have an American visa and who travels on police records must leave & # 39 ;, Oliver said.
& # 39; Normally you can at least use the police register by plane. So I have to take my baby off. At the last minute this is a bit disappointed. It is painful to see my daughters cry. & # 39;
Journalist Brian Entin said the ferry crew was initially told to accept Bahamian evacuees with a passport and a copy of the police register, so they boarded the boat without a problem.
But & # 39; when they manifestly sent to US Customs and Border Patrol – they were told that people without a visa would not be accepted, & # 39; said Etin.
It is not clear who ordered the evacuees without a ship's visa.
Renard Oliver, who was forced from the ferry from Freeport to Florida, spoke while holding his daughter in his arms
Bahamians were left bewildered and confused after they were initially told that they could board with only a passport and police overview
Last week, Florida legislators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott urged President Trump to abandon visa requirements for Bahama citizens in this letter
People are waiting to be evacuated to Nassau via a ferry at Marsh Harbor Port, on Abaco Island, Bahamas, Saturday, September 7, 2019
On Friday, the cruise ship the Grand Celebration brought no less than 1,000 hurricane refugees to the US without a visa issue.
Hundreds were only rejected after the cruise ship was full.
& # 39; This is not normal. Normally Bahamians can travel to the US with a passport and a print of their police report. This is a mess, & Etina said on Twitter.
Hurricane Dorian killed at least 46 people after it hit the Bahamas last Sunday as a Category 5 storm with winds as fast as 185mph.
It caused massive destruction and turned houses into matches and damaged airports and a public hospital.
Up to 70,000 people in the Bahamas & # 39; s have life-saving help & # 39; needed, while Great Abaco is virtually uninhabitable, with piled up bodies and witnesses saying there is a & # 39; odor of death & # 39; is with corpses floating in the water.
Actor Sidney Poitier's cousin has said that more than 23 members of his family are feared missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Jeffrey Poitier, 66, said there was no news from family members from Thursday, including his sister Barbara and his grown children in Freeport, Bahamas.
The image above shows the devastation that remained after the storm passed the island of Abaco. The death toll of the devastating Hurricane Dorian will be & # 39; staggering & # 39; are still with thousands of missing, officials have warned amid reports that looters & # 39; are trying to shoot people & # 39; in the scramble for food and water
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