REPORT: Hundreds of Bahamians told to get off evacuation ship

SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

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Hundreds of Bahamians attempting to flee the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian were reportedly told to leave a ship if they did not have a visa to enter the United States.

Video posted on Twitter by WSVN reporter Brian Entin on Sunday shows a loudspeaker aboard the Balearia ferry, which was transporting evacuees from Freeport to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when an announcement was made that visas are required for all attempting to enter the U.S.

The article goes on to state the following:

CNN reports that hundreds of Bahamian evacuees were previously allowed into the United States without visas and Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) website states visas are not required for Bahamian residentsflying into the U.S. from the Bahamas if they also meet other criteria.

That criteria includes possessing a valid passport or travel documents, having no criminal record and carrying a police certificate issued within the past six months.  Entin reported that the evacuees were told upon boarding the ship that that criteria would be enough to enter the states.

SEE the series of Twitter posts by Entin below explaining what happened:

2020 Democrat candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to the incident, tweeting, “This is the height of cruelty—denying help to those who need it most. This administration has said the words on the Statue of Liberty should be rewritten, and in their actions, they are already changing who we are as a country. It’s on us to prove we’re better than this.”

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