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He maintained there were many flocking to T&T
from other Caribbean countries using the Caribbean
Single Market and Economy (CSME) policy as a
means of doing so, but said this must be halted
since many of them arrived here although they did
not meet the requirements.
"This is clearly a worrying and frightening sit-
uation for T&T," Griffith said.
"The immigration officers will continue to do
their duty and those who do not meet the necessary
requirements will be sent back...It s as clear as that."
"Those coming under CSME should already have
knowledge about the programme before entering
a country. The onus is on them to be aware of the
guidelines, so when they reach immigration all their
documents would be in order."
He said he was taking the stance, not only to
protect the rights of citizens, but also the welfare
"If someone slipped through immigration and
ends up in Trinidad and they have no job to rely
on, then they could end up on the streets and this
could also lead to a life of crime," Griffith said.
"This is definitely what we do not want in
Trinidad. The problem is multifaceted and we have
to deal with it as soon as possible."
The issue continues to gain regional and inter-
national attention and was yesterday raised in the
editorial of Jamaica s Gleaner newspaper, which
said the two main issues to be looked at were trade
and the free movement of people within the region.
"On the matter of trade, the quarrel is primarily
with Trinidad and Tobago, the community s
strongest and major manufacturer. More than 90
per cent of our near US$1 billion trade deficit with
Caricom is with Trinidad and Tobago," the Gleaner
"Jamaica s manufacturers have primary complaints
against the Trinidadians: that Port-of-Spain uses
its domestically available cheap energy to subsidise
its enterprises, that it cheats on Caricom rules-of-
origin requirements, and that it uses non-tariff bar-
riers to deny access to its markets by Jamaicans."
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
says she has advised Foreign Affairs Min-
ister Winston Dookeran to accept an invi-
tation from Jamaica to discuss the recent
deportation of 13 of their nationals from
T&T last week.
"A letter came today of invitation from
Jamaica and I have advised him to accept
the invitation and to go to Jamaica and speak
with his counterparts there," Persad-Bisses-
She made the statement while addressing
reporters after the unveiling of a new police
station in Arima yesterday.
Persad-Bissessar could not give the exact
date Dookeran will fly to Jamaica, but said
she believed that dialogue was the best way
to the resolve the issue.
"It appears, from the letter of invitation,
Jamaica is open to dialogue, as we are, and
therefore I am not of the respectful view
that our diplomatic relations have deteri-
orated," she said.
When asked about reports of Jamaicans
being encouraged to boycott products from
T&T, she said: "It is something we would
not like see happen, in the same way I am
sure Jamaica won t like to see T&T boycott
Jamaican goods, because we are all members
of Caricom and I m sure dialogue is the
best way forward rather than dropping
Persad-Bissessar said from the informa-
tion she received from National Security
Minister Gary Griffith, she believed the
immigration officers who took the decision
were acting within their discretion.
"It seems so far, from the briefing received
from immigration through Minister Griffith,
that T&T has been well within its discre-
tionary powers in terms of refusing entry
or disallowing it, until any further evidence
may come forward," she said.
While referring to the Caribbean Court
of Justice (CCJ) judgment in the case of
Jamaican national Shanique Myrie against
the Barbadian government, Persad-Bissessar
said although there was a provision for
granting Caricom nationals an automatic
six-month stay upon entry, there were cer-
tain exceptions to the rule.
"There is no blanket acceptance of a Cari-
com national coming into T&T," she said.
The said from her understanding of the
judgment, immigration officials may refuse
a Caricom national entry if the individual
is blacklisted or if they suspect that they
(the individual) would be a "charge on the
"There is a procedure that should be fol-
lowed if one is refused entry, so we are look-
ing into all of that with a view of upholding
the law as pronounced upon by the CCJ,"
Dookeran heads to
Jamaica for talks
In yesterday's lead story it was incorrectly
stated that Dana Seetahal SC represented
convicted killer Lester Pitman at his appeal. She,
in fact, represented the State. Our apologies to
Ms Seetahal for the error.
GETTING IT RIGHT
From Page A1
Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration Rodger Samuel tries out some weights in the gym room as National Security
Minister Gary Griffith looks on during a tour of the new Arima Police Station yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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