Published On: Thu, Dec 15th, 2016

Bahamas: No reward for arrest of illegal immigrants

immigrantsNASSAU – The Bahamas Government has described reports that it is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of illegal immigrants in the country as untrue.

The denial came after reports were circulating on social media that the Department of Immigration was giving money for information which led to the apprehension of illegal immigrants.

In a brief statement, the Department of Immigration said it was “patently false”.

“It is not an announcement from the Department of Immigration or any government agency and should be ignored and not circulated,” it said.

It warned that given the relatively high volume of disinformation on social media, the department was urging the public to “exercise caution and restraint when sharing suspicious and potentially harmful content on this medium”.

Meantime, speaking during a recent graduation ceremony for new immigration recruits, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell implored them not to take bribes or gifts from persons who may be looking for favours in return.

Describing their role as quasi-judicial, he said: “In other words, you are like a judge and when someone appears before you and ask for leave to enter the Bahamas, or for a work permit, you are making a decision according to law; not on a whim, not on a fancy and not on prejudice, but according to law.”

“Remember also that many people will come to you and offer you this gift or that gift or make promises to do certain things for you. They will try to get you to do anything for their nefarious end. But when you get in trouble . . . they are gone,” the minister said.

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