President Donald Trump called on the nation to & # 39; very carefully & # 39; to admit refugees fleeing the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive destruction on the islands – and said he & # 39; drug dealers & # 39; and & # 39; bad people & # 39; want to keep out.
& # 39; Everyone absolutely needs the right documentation, & # 39; Trump said, hours after a ferry with people fleeing the storm's destruction path told those who did not have a good visa to disembark.
& # 39; We are also recovering from the hurricane, & # 39; said Trump. A few Republican senators in Florida have written to Trump to urge him to refrain from certain visa requirements to assist in the disaster recovery.
& # 39; I do not want people who would not be in the Bahamas to come to the United States, including some very bad people, & # 39; Trump said Monday, hours after a ferry had sent away people without a visa, entered the US
& # 39; So we are also recovering from a hurricane, & # 39; Trump said when he left the White House for a visit to North Carolina, which was also damaged. & # 39; But we have to be very careful. Everyone absolutely needs the right documentation, & # 39; Trump said.
& # 39; Look, the Bahamas & # 39; s had great problems with people who went to the Bahamas & would not be there. I do not want people who would not be in the Bahamas to come to the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers, & Trump said, without giving further explanation.
& # 39; So we're going to be very, very strong at that. & # 39; He also said that US aid organizations would focus on relocating people within the Bahamas to bring them to more stable areas.
& # 39; Let me explain. Large parts, believe it or not, of the Bahamas were not affected. And what we do is bring the people to those parts of the Bahamas who have not been touched, & said Trump.
After controversy over the ferry incident, border officials said that at least Bahamas residents should be able to request access with a valid passport and a print of their criminal record.
More than 100 people trying to escape the devastation in the Bahamas have been kicked off a lifeboat to Florida because they didn't have an American visa.
Approximately 130 Bahamians in Freeport were forced to board a ferry before departing on Sunday evening after a surprise announcement had been made on board without those without visas 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.
The Bahamian government denies that the Dorian death toll is suppressed, because according to the latest official figures only 44 people have died
The Bahamian government has denied that it suppresses the Doric death toll because the last official count of only 44 is far below the population.
The locals say the latest official figure does not match the oppressive stench and the sight of the dead.
But Health Minister, Duane Sands, told it Miami Herald: & # 39; I'm actually a little worried that the focus for some people is on the body. It is not the priority.
& # 39; The priority is to find those people for their loved ones who miss them; caring, offering comfort to those who are injured, who suffer, that is the priority. To put food in people's belly, water in their throats. & # 39;
Hundreds or even thousands of people were still missing, officials said, while rescue teams continued their grim recovery.
Sands said to the Messenger: & # 39; We have heard the figures, a 1,000, 200, 500, 600. We have heard all claims.
& # 39; The language I have used and the language used by the Prime Minister and the entire Cabinet and (the National Emergency Management Agency) is a description of the number of confirmed deaths – these are people in the mortuary. & # 39 ;
& # 39; They originally said you could come with a police report and without a visa and now they are taking it back & # 39 ;, a woman on the ship said WSVN journalist 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;
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 problems.
But & # 39; when they manifestly sent to US Customs and Border Patrol – they were told that people without a visa would not be accepted & he said.
It is not clear who ordered the evacuees to be taken without taking a visa off the ship.
On Friday, the Grand Celebration cruise ship brought as many as 1,000 hurricane refugees to the US without any visa issues.
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 hitting the Bahamas last Sunday as a category 5 storm with winds as fast as 185 km / h.
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
It caused massive destruction, 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 said more than 23 members of his family feared being 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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