Hundreds of people boarded a ferry in
“All passengers that don’t have a
About 100 people had to gather their belongings and walk the gangway back to misery.
“At the last minute like this, it’s kind of disappointing,”
What it is is an example why the visa requirements need to be waived for Bahamians trying to get to
There’s been no response so far from the Trump administration to this bipartisan appeal. A
Scott did address it Monday, after he heard about the previous night’s events on the ferry.
“We cannot have the kind of confusion that occurred last night in Freeport,” he said.
Bahamians usually need a visa to visit the
A lot of people didn’t have such documents, or lost them in the wind and water of the Category 5 storm. Obtaining them now is next to impossible since the Bahamian government is literally swamped with bigger problems.
A lack of proper paperwork wasn’t the big problem Sunday night, however. It was a surplus of confusion.
The ferry company, Balearia Caribbean, told passengers
The CBP said it did not order anyone off the ferry and would not have required visas for entry to the
“Why they said that, I wouldn’t know,” a CBP official told WSVN. “It’s really heartbreaking for them to say that to these people who have suffered beyond comprehension.”
The whole fiasco might have been avoided if visa requirements had been waived. This isn’t the
It landed only 180 miles from the
America has no legal obligation to provide aid and shelter, but we have a moral duty to help one of our closest neighbors.
About 20,000 Bahamians live in the
About 395,000 people live in the
If it can’t, the
Scott has also proposed redirecting foreign aid to the
Such moves are worth considering, depending on how relief and rebuilding efforts go. But there’s no need to keep deliberating over visa requirements.
The humanitarian risks grow with each day that passes. An area of disturbed weather is approaching the
If it strengthens, the last place these already traumatized people need to be is in the
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