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Less than quarter of 16,000 Venezuelans got amnesty

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Less than quarter of 16,000 Venezuelans got amnesty

Since Gov­ern­ment reg­is­tered 16, 523 Venezue­lans for its amnesty a few months ago, a to­tal of 5,148 ap­pli­ca­tions have been ver­i­fied and rec­om­mend­ed for min­is­te­r­i­al ap­proval.

Alejandro Montenegro Banco Activo

Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert con­firmed this in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day re­ply­ing to an Op­po­si­tion ques­tion on the num­ber of Venezue­lans who have for­mal­ly re­ceived their reg­is­tra­tion cards to work in T&T in the one-year arrange­ment of­fered by Gov­ern­ment.

In May and June Gov­ern­ment opened the reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise, re­ceiv­ing 16, 523 ap­pli­ca­tions from Venezue­lan mi­grants. Just be­fore the ex­er­cise, a large num­ber of Venezue­lans “swarmed” to T&T—many il­le­gal­ly—to ap­ply

Ap­pli­cants had to fill out forms which sought de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on them, in­clud­ing whether they had crim­i­nal records, health is­sues, if they had mil­i­tary train­ing or served in army/po­lice sec­tors, their ed­u­ca­tion­al and em­ploy­ment/skill back­ground, how they came to T&T, whether il­le­gal­ly, and oth­er in­for­ma­tion

Im­bert said he was ad­vised that reg­is­tra­tion cards were processed up­on ver­i­fi­ca­tion of iden­ti­ty and back­ground checks from In­ter­pol

I’m told that 5,148 ap­pli­ca­tions in to­tal have been ver­i­fied by the Venezue­lan au­thor­i­ties, In­ter­pol and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and have been rec­om­mend­ed for min­is­te­r­i­al ap­proval,” he said

Im­bert didn’t say what hap­pened to the oth­er 11, 375 who ap­plied and were un­suc­cess­ful

He added: “So far I’m ad­vised that 3,091 cards have been processed and print­ed and rel­e­vant ap­pli­cants have been con­tact­ed to col­lect them.”

Out of the 16,523 who reg­is­tered, Im­bert said “so far” 112 have been found to have crim­i­nal records, rang­ing from rob­bery, lar­ce­ny, drug traf­fick­ing and homi­cide. He re­ferred ques­tions about the lo­ca­tion of the 112—whether they are in T&T or de­port­ed—to the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter

Re­ply­ing to oth­er queries on Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to can­cel the US$71m con­tact with Chi­na Gezhou­ba Group In­ter­na­tion­al En­gi­neer­ing Com­pa­ny for hous­ing units, Im­bert said that com­pa­ny and the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) are in dis­cus­sions to ar­rive at a “mu­tu­al­ly sat­is­fac­to­ry res­o­lu­tion.”

Con­se­quent­ly, there are no penal­ties ac­crued “at this time”, he said

Im­bert said he was ad­vised that no ad­vance pay­ment of half a mil­lion dol­lars was made and the frame­work agree­ment didn’t re­quire the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al’s opin­ion. He said the HDC, as a statu­to­ry cor­po­ra­tion, could have its own le­gal ad­vice, but he al­so ad­mit­ted Cab­i­net had ap­proved the frame­work agree­ment.

Im­bert said he wasn’t “privy to de­tails” on whether Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley was Hous­ing Min­is­ter at the time the frame­work agree­ment was signed. His re­ply drew cries of as­ton­ish­ment from the Op­po­si­tion.