Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

Immigration: Guyana as a magnet – Editorial Kaieteur News

Queens Book Fair: Immigrant Stories That Inspire – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It is important for immigrants to tell their stories. These stories nourish and provide inspiration to the community. They act as signals that guide and remind us about the old values that are sometimes forgotten in the one-line responses on social media. But more important, the stories become lessons for the young that must navigate their way in an environment that is far removed from that of their parents.

The young constantly hear of what life was like in Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, Jamaica, and other places. They hear of the struggles of their parents and of their will to succeed. But these stories are not only confined to the Caribbean, and other faraway places. They are to be found in New York as well.

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U.S: Trump’s  immigration czar unmasked as white nationalist – By Mohamed Hamaludin

  – By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Press reports have indicated that the U.S. Supreme Court is almost certain to rule that President Donald Trump can end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  program which his predecessor put in place to shield some 600,000 to 800,000 undocumented immigrants whom their parents brought to the country while they were children.

The ruling, expected in June, should not be a surprise, not just because of the court’s 5-4 conservative majority but also because, in the absence of a Congressional mandate, the President has wide latitude over immigration under the Constitution.                Continue reading

CCJ to rule on whether CARICOM states can opt out of free movement

CCJ grappling with advisory opinion requested by CARICOM 

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US Immigration: Guyanese among 500 picked up by ICE in last five days

US – (Amsterdamnews.com)- While many have been distracted by the whistleblower’s complaint; Donald Trump’s foot in mouth disease over that Ukraine call; the Democratic Congress’ push for an impeachment inquiry and all the latest drama in this bad soap opera we are trapped in, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has been quietly and wildly ramping up its enforcement actions.

No more announcements of those so-called raids to alert activists and communities. It’s been a silent assault. In a five-day targeted enforcement action that wrapped up on Sept. 25, U.S. ICE said it nabbed a total of 497 immigrants in 10 states, most “driven by leads developed by the local field office in conjunction with the Pacific Enforcement Response Center and the National Criminal Alien Targeting Center.”    Continue reading

More than 9,000 Venezuelan migrants in Guyana

Minister of Citizenship, Mr. Winston Felix

There are about 9,000 Venezuelan migrants in Guyana. So says Minister with responsibilities for Citizenship, Winston Felix.

The Minister was asked about the presence of the foreign nationals and government’s capacity to deal with increased applications for work permits and citizenship.

According to figures provided, there are also over 900 foreign nationals granted citizenship in the last four and half years- eight of them Haitians.        Continue reading

Guyana: 923 persons granted citizenship since 2015 … eight were Haitians – Minister Felix

Minister Winston Felix

This was reported yesterday by Minister with responsibility for Citizenship, Winston Felix, during a press conference at his Shiv Chanderpaul Drive office.

The issue has taken front burner in recent months after it was noticed that a significant number of foreigners were in Guyana and being registered.

Among them are Cubans, Haitians and Venezuelans.

The Opposition has made it clear that it suspects that the Government was registering foreigners in exchange for votes.              Continue reading

‘Eco-Apartheid’: Post-Dorian Refugees Fleeing Bahamas Ordered Off Ferry Bound for US

Hundreds of Bahamian refugees were ordered off a ferry headed for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from Freeport in the Bahamas days after Hurricane Dorian pummeled the islands, leaving at least 44 people dead and tens of thousands without homes.

After the refugees boarded the boat, operated by Balearia Caribbean, a crew member announced over the loudspeaker that anyone without a visa would be turned away by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and must disembark immediately.

Read more: ‘This Is Eco-Apartheid’: Post-Dorian Refugees Fleeing Bahamas Ordered Off Ferry Bound for US

Guyana: We have the land we can accommodate everybody – Finance Minister on Hurricane Dorian

“Guyana is fortunate as it is not in the hurricane, volcano nor earthquake belt”.

“We have such a big land we can accommodate everybody.” This was stated by Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, who has also called on countries to take stock of the devastating impact of climate change.

The devastation in a part of The Bahamas following Dorian’s passage (Mirro.co.uk)

Minister Winston Jordan

Minister Jordan said the destruction wrought in the Bahamas, “is telling us something.” As such, countries prone to such intense tropical cyclones, need to heed the warning.    Continue reading

11 September 2001: “Guyanese Roll Call” by Peter Jailall

Three Worlds One Vision

Caribbean immigrants remember loved ones at the 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2018
Photo Credit: News Americas

On September 11, we will remember all those we have lost on that ill-fated day when a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City turned the world-famous landmark into rubble.

I was living in Brazil when the tragedy occurred, sending a tsunami across the world. More than ninety other nations also lost loved ones that day, including three Brazilian-Americans and twenty-six Guyanese-Americans.

In his poem, “Guyanese Roll Call,” Guyanese-Canadian poet Peter Jailall remembers his twenty-six countrymen and women who died on that day. Their American Dream had been suddenly cut short.

Listen to our roll call
Of those who died
On that dreadful September day,
Following their American Dream: 

Patrick Adams
Leslie Arnold Austin
Rudy Bacchus
Kris Romeo Bishundauth
Pamela Boyce
Annette Datarom
Babita Guman
Nizam Hafiz
Ricknauth…

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