Caribbean govts urged to prepare for more criminal deportees under Trump

Caribbean govts urged to prepare for more criminal deportees under Trump
In this photo made Thursday, March 6, 2015, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent escorts a handcuffed undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony that was taken into custody during an early morning operation in Dallas. The Department of Homeland Security has been conducting a nationwide roundup of undocumented immigrants convicted of felonies in order to deport them to their country of origin. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Irwine G. Clare, Sr. O.D., head of the Caribbean Immigrant Services in New York
Irwine G. Clare, Sr. O.D., head of the Caribbean Immigrant Services in New York

NAN – Caribbean governments are being warned to prepare for more criminal deportees to the region under the Donald Trump administration.

The warning comes from Irwine G. Clare, Sr. O.D., head of the Caribbean Immigrant Services in New York on the heels of the President-elect’s vow in a 60 Minutes interview aired Sunday, that he will deport 2-3 million criminal immigrants from the United States.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night.

Asked for his reaction, Clare last night told News Americas that Caribbean governments “must equip themselves for more criminal immigrants coming back to the region soon and quit being laissez-faire about it.”

He said given the region’s dependence on tourism and the issues of crime and guns already being dealt with in many countries in the Caribbean, the addition of more criminal immigrants to the region could present a nightmare scenario.

“It’s a caustic situation and it could get nuclear,” Clare said.

The Caribbean has been battling with thousands of criminal and other deportees to the region since the 1996 immigration reforms and many have blamed crime in the region on criminal deportees who spent time in US jails and were then sent back to small countries unable to track them or police forces less savvy than the criminals.

Trump, who was swept into office amid a wave of support for his vows to kick out millions of immigrants and build a wall, said he would immediately deport at least 2 million undocumented immigrants as soon as he takes office in January.

“We’re getting them (criminal immigrants) out of our country,” he said, adding that only after that would he secure the border and “make a determination” on the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

Under Trump’s proposal, a person arrested by police — regardless of how serious the crime is, without knowing whether they are present illegally — would be held in jail, and their removal proceeding would begin without due process.

Such an approach to enforcement is consistent with Trump’s call to bring back two DHS enforcement programs that rely on local governments, which are being phased out because they didn’t effectively target violent criminals, and opened up the potential of racial profiling.

Trump also proposed to “issue detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever, and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings if we even have to do that.”

The 2 million figure refers to the total number of “removable criminal aliens” as determined by the Department of Homeland Security, and refers to convicted non-citizens in the country legally and illegally.

While Trump states it as fact, an independent think tank analyzing immigration policy estimated that more than half of the 2 million are convicted criminals who are not U.S. citizens, but lawfully in the country.


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  1. Most of those children were not criminals until they came to the United State. The country is built on GOOD, BAD and UGLY!!


  2. Trump wants to deport "CRIMINAL" "ILLEGAL" "IMMIGRANTS". Essentially, he wants to "UPHOLD" "EXISTING" "LAWS". Trump did not create that law. If the Liberals hate that law so much, they should have taken it up with OBAMA in the last 8 years.


    • Obama is being called Deporter-in-chief because he has deported more people than any President. There is a lot of fear being thrown around. The combination of ignorance and fear is not good, only time will tell.


  3. The Caribbean is ill-prepared, and especially here, has not made any effort to monitor criminal deportees or even have them registered.


  4. Hitler said the same things about the JEWS and it ended up with 6 million in Camps, it will be interesting to see hw this all plays out.


    • This idiot is the modern day Hitler.
      See how much hate crimes have spiked since his campaign and recently being elected as Pres*dent?
      He's already added Steve Bannon to his White House team as his counselor and strategist.
      Yes, a champion for racism is making it's way into the White House.
      Nothing good can come out of this.


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