Hurricane survivors struggle to start new life in Bahamas

Hurricane survivors struggle to start new life in Bahamas”

"Everybody needs totally proper documentation", Trump said before he flew to North Carolina to inspect hurricane damage and speak at a political rally.

"The Bahamas has some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren't supposed to be there".

During a press conference on Monday, President Donald Trump raised the issue of "very bad gang members" and "drug dealers" when explaining why the USA should be careful when processing Bahamians seeking refuge post-Dorian.

"They need the money, they need us to come off and buy things and spend in their shops and all their restaurants", Perine said.

Bahamians, meanwhile, were also searching the rubble, salvaging the few heirlooms left intact by the Category 5 storm that, according to the official count over the weekend, has killed at least 44 people.

Local police say 45 people have been confirmed dead so far.

"Large sections, believe it or not, of the Bahamas, were not hit, and what we're doing is bringing the people to those sections of the Bahamas that have not been hit", he said.

The number of displaced is staggering, given the population of the Bahamas, but not unusual for a major environmental disaster, according to Maria Cristina Garcia, a history professor at Cornell University.

Florida lawmakers weighed in on the issue on Monday, including U.S. Sens.

President Donald Trump seemed to contradict his acting Customs and Border Protection head Monday over what would happen to Bahamian refugees landing in the USA without proper documentation. "It wasn't a humanitarian mission".

Echoing the same racist rhetoric he's previously employed about immigrants and Mexicans, Trump said he doesn't want to allow "people that 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". All persons must possess valid identity and travel documents. "In coordination with U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection, our company is informing all Bahamian residents of the required travel documentation necessary for travel to Fort Lauderdale".

Around 130 Bahamian evacuees boarded the ferry in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Sunday night to head to shelter in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after withstanding several days of limited food, water and power on the island.

Shelters are housing about 1,100 people, the agency said; more are staying with friends and relatives. "No visa document requirements have changed", Morgan said. They step up and do what's needed, and I know that's what they're doing.

A CBP official in Florida told WSVN that it was a "business decision" by Balearia to remove the refugees without visas.

CBP is conducting its typical vetting process for entrants into the country, examining criminal records that might deem some individuals inadmissible, he added. "So we still go through that process but we're expediting this process".

Democrats and Republicans from Florida on Monday urged the administration to clear up the confusion.

"We need to get to bottom of this as soon as possible", said Donna Shalala, a Democrat representing the city of Miami. "We would not support returning them to a place where its not safe for them to be", he said. Scott noted that he and Rubio "continue to urge President Trump to waive some visa requirements for those in the Bahamas that have family in the United States".

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