REPORT: Hundreds of Bahamians told to get off evacuation ship

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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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  1. Laurie Godfrey September 9th, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Stupid Beto, blaming Trump as usual! This is the cruise line that did this and NOT TRUMP!! Get your facts straight butthole o’ rourke!!!


  2. Lisa Shrosbree September 9th, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    The USA is NOT the welfare country for the rest of the World. As I feel for these people, they have their own Gov’t who needs to take care of them. I believe the entire World should help them with supplies, but they live in a high risk area. They know this and because they know this their Government should be prepared to handle these types of disasters. They should stay and rebuild like other Nations do.


  3. Grin n barrett September 9th, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Just one more case of the entire world expecting the United States to take care of them. We are on overload. We have pushed the breaking point. We simply can not afford to support the entire world. It is just impossible.


  4. Jim September 9th, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    192 countries in the UN, time for them to step up. When the world catches up to all the US has done during disasters up to now, then we’ll join in assisting again until then let the world share in others misfortune.


  5. Roxane September 9th, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    My Heart goes out to these People. They have lost everything including family members. Where the heck is Britain on this. Out of sight out of mind. We are not the Savior for this Country. We can help but we just cant absorb all these people.


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