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Bahamas Evacuees Told To Get Off Boat to US

Silva said that the agency "will continue to support evacuation efforts" however, added that "it is vitally important for accountability that Bahamian residents and other visitors make sure they are properly documented by going to Nassau and working with the Bahamian and USA governments".

Hurricane Dorian as a Category 5 storm struck the Bahamas last week, causing more than 40 deaths.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, however, says no rules have changed and laid the blame on the ferry operator, identified by local reporters as Balearia Caribbean, for not properly coordinating with government officials. "All person must possess valid identity and travel documents", the agency said.

"CBP continues to process the arrivals of passengers evacuating from the Bahamas according to established policy and procedures - as demonstrated by the almost 1,500 Hurricane Dorian survivors who arrived at the Port of Palm Beach, Fla". "CBP is not denying or discouraging evacuation efforts and we empathize with the plight of the Bahamian people".

Morgan said Monday that the U.S.is expediting the processing for Bahamians to enter the U.S.as they seek refuge.

Echoing the racist and dehumanizing rhetoric he has repeatedly deployed against Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and others, President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters-without offering a shred of evidence-that there may be "very bad gang members" and "drug dealers" among those fleeing the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

However they have been pressured off the boat earlier than it set sail after the crew abruptly introduced it might not take any passengers in search of refuge with out a U.S. visa, in accordance with native media studies.

Three other shelters set up in Nassau were already filled to capacity by Sunday, NEMA said.

Florida state Rep. Shevrin Jones, of Bahamian ancestry, had asked Rubio and Scott for help asking the Trump administration to waive visa requirements.

Furthermore, neither Trump nor the White House have announced any personal donations from the president to the Bahamas. "I don't want to allow people who weren't supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers". "They were not ordered off the boat by any US government entity". "If your life is in jeopardy and you're in the Bahamas and you want to get to the United States, you're going to be allowed to come to the United States". Some noted they had household users nevertheless lacking and others recalled viewing buddies and neighbors drown in the storm surge.

Some got rides from friends or family who offered a temporary place to stay on New Providence, an island of some 13,000 residents that has never seen so many people arrive on its shores in recent history.

USAID Administrator Mark Green told reporters on Sunday his agency is leading humanitarian relief efforts of the United States government in the Bahamas by providing 'lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance: food, water, sanitation, emergency shelter, and medical care needed to facilitate the Bahamian government's response'.

While the White House has publicized these donations, they have made no announcements regarding a $1 million personal donation from the president to the relief effort in the Bahamas.

Search and rescue personnel who arrived with cadaver dogs on the Abaco Islands brought body bags and coolers to store human remains, said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the country's tourism and aviation ministry.

Marsh Harbour, the biggest town in the Abacos, suffered some of the worst destruction. A truck delivered at least two bodies to a makeshift mortuary Saturday.

Authorities have reported the present-day demise toll might rise as search and rescue functions start and they begin sifting via the wreckage.

Trump said that USA agencies are focusing on relocating residents from the hardest-hit areas to parts of the island nation that did not sustain any damage from the storm.



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