Trump Closes Door On Bahamian Refugees…Hard

After more than a hundred evacuees from the Bahamas were kicked off a ferry boat to Florida, President Trump says "very bad" gang members and drug dealers could be trying to get in to the United States. And he says that’s why those without documentation will be kept off American shores.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump said that the Bahamas was having problems with “dangerous people who weren't supposed to be there,” and he doesn’t “want those people here.” Trump said everyone needs proper documentation.

So what do Bahamians need? A valid passport to enter the U.S. but don't usually need a visa. In a statement, Customs and Border Protection says that everyone coming to the U.S. from another country has to present themselves to a CBP officer for inspection at an official port of entry. Visas aren't needed for Bahamians flying into the U.S. as long as they have other travel documents, but its unclear what's required for people traveling by boat.

The U.N. estimates as many as 70-thousand people are homeless in the Bahamas after it was hit last week by Hurricane Dorian.

Source: White House

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