SVG Government is among Caribbean governments 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.
Clare said 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 1996.
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.
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.