Tuesday, September 10, 2019
As Kevin pointed out earlier today, storm-ravaged Bahamians seeking entry to U.S. may face immigration hurdles. We saw this in action on Sunday when 119 individuals were ordered to disembark from a ferry bringing evacuees from the Bahamas to the United States because they did not have a visa--even though these individuals had Bahamian passports and clean police records.
Here's a nice, short clip of President Trump explaining his concerns about evacuating individuals from the storm-ravaged Bahamas:
From 0:10-0:33 President Trump talks about how, here in the United States, "We're recovering from the hurricane also."
If you just want his comments about the dangers of these storm evacuees, check out 0:33 to 1:06:
We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation because the, look, the, Bahamas, had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren't supposed to be there. I don't want to allow people who weren't supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers. So we are going to be very, very strong on that.
The reminder of the clip includes his discussion of what aid the US is willing to give the Bahamas.