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POLL: Was the U.S. right to bar Bahamian evacuees from coming to America?

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BY TEAM DML / SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 /

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Hundreds of Bahamians trying to get to America to escape the devastation left behind by Hurricane Dorian were told they could not travel to the United States because they didn’t have a proper visa.

According to a report from CNN, Bahamian evacuees were previously allowed into the United States without visas. Furthermore, Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) website says a visa not required for Bahamian residents flying to the U.S. from the island if they met other criteria.

“That criteria include possessing a valid passport or travel documents, having no criminal record and carrying a police certificate issued within the past six months,” according to a report from The Hill.

Bahamians must first be screened by U.S. officials in the Bahamas if they plan to travel without a visa.

CBP says the problem stems from ferry operators, who “failed to coordinate the mission with authorities,” ABC News reports. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement Monday that the agency requested that the company coordinate with U.S. and Bahamian governments before departing Freeport but it failed to do so.”

Responding to reporters Monday, President Donald J. Trump said that the United States needs to be “careful” and ensure that everyone entering the country from the Bahamas has proper documentation.

“Trump told reporters outside the White House that anyone seeking refuge in the wake of Hurricane Dorian ‘needs totally proper documentation.'”  CNN reports. “In particular, Trump expressed concern over ‘people going to the Bahamas who weren’t supposed to be there.’
“‘I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States including some very bad people,’ he added, referring specifically to gang members and drug dealers who fled to the islands.”

According to the CBP, 857 properly screened Bahamians arrived in Florida “without incident” on a cruise ship Saturday.

Still, some Americans were outraged by the administration’s stance, tweeting that stopping the refugees was “shameful,” “unconscionable and evil.”

We ask you: Do you agree that this was a “shameful” decision, or do you back the administration and its call for caution and procedure?

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8 Comments

  1. Nancy September 9th, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    This is difficult to say but I agree. The hurricane was terrible but think logical. The Bahamas made a lot of money off of US. We have so many homeless, sick Americans. Think of our people who lost everything in Florida and NC and SC. We have given billions of dollars to help and Cruise Ships are lined up to house people. We cannot take and house others all the time. It’s terrible terrible but there are islands all around to help locate these people. They really don’t want to leave their native lands so other things can be done!!
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  2. barbara September 9th, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Once again not refused just need proper process followed
    Trouble is liberals don’t apply rules to anyone but conservatives

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  3. Ed Lewis September 9th, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I say bring them here and Deport all the illegals that are already here

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  4. Mars September 9th, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Send them to Mexico

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  5. Beverly LeRoux September 9th, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Send them help in the way of$$$, supplies. Help them re build, help them relocate somewhere else! Until we get a handle on the southern border situation and we’ve stopped the hemorrhaging of illegals coming in DO As OUR PRESIDENT SAYS!

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  6. Ms September 9th, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    No entry into USA. Go somewhere else. Thank you!

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  7. Sandy September 9th, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Wait for it…,…..the demorats will cry racist.

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  8. G September 10th, 2019 at 10:08 am

    The entire island wasn’t destroyed! There is no need to relocate them here! We can send supplies & help to them! TAXPAYERS ARE OVER BURDENED as it is taking care of all the ILLEGALS waiting at the BORDERS (that should have been sent back)! As for hospitality, Americans spend a lot of MONEY for it!

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