Human rights group wants an amnesty period undocumented migrants in the Bahamas to voluntarily repatriate
A local human rights group calls for an amnesty period in which undocumented migrants in the Bahamas without legal status can voluntarily repatriate, before immigration officials proceed with a fair & humane immigration enforcement law.
Vice president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) Joe Darville said this amnesty period could be facilitated through cooperation between human rights advocates & immigration authorities. A comprehensive, archipelago-wide public information program would be a critical supporting measure, he added.
In a 10-point plan for immigration enforcement prepared by the human rights group, which has been sharply critical of the manner in which the government is engaged in immigration enforcement in recent weeks, Darville said costs of the voluntary repatriation of any people who come forward during this time to their countries of origin could be shared between those individuals themselves, the Department of Immigration, & businesses that employed the undocumented workers in the Bahamas.
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