Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley said while he understands the current crisis in Venezuela, he will not risk the lives of Trinidad and Tobago citizens by giving way of illegal entry into the country; when T&T nationals are awaiting to come in.
Speaking at a Post Cabinet media briefing today at the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Rowley said the recent drowning of 20 Venezuelan nationals while heart wrenching, his first priority lies with ensuring that lives are preserved in T&T and that the issue of human trafficking does not continue to occur.
Dr. Rowley also revealed, he will take to Cabinet to have the 16,0000 registered Venezuelan’s stay extended to another six months in T&T.
However he said that during the six month period there will be changes in the current legislation – this will include new and firmer laws and penalties for persons who engage in human trafficking.
Dr. Rowley also touched on persons asking the government to pay the rent for migrants who are currently registered to stay in the country.
Dr. Rowley said this request is one he can not fulfill.