Trump Warns ‘Very Bad People’ Are Among Hurricane Dorian Survivors Seeking Refuge In U.S.
Thank you to Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis for your very gracious and kind words in saying that without the help of the United States and me, their would have been many more casualties. I give all credit to FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, & the brave people of the Bahamas..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
The president said he is worried about violent drug cartels and other dangerous individuals attempting to cross borders, “We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn on Monday afternoon.
Trump also told reporters, “Look, the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren’t supposed to be there,” he said. “I don’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.”
Others are urging him to ease his strict immigration policies strategy. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), along with Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told Trump last week to allow refugees with relatives into the United States.
“Proper Documentation” is either:
1. A U.S. visa;
2. A valid passport & clear criminal record from the Bahamian government. 1/3 https://t.co/WMNNIpiVVl
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 9, 2019
The United States policy is Bahamians who do not possess a visa may enter the U.S. if they present a valid passport, proof of no criminal record and undergo CBP conducted pre-screening before departing.
Trump delivered the announcement after a reporter’s video on Twitter surfaced of evacuees stating they needed visas to enter the U.S.
Another announcement just made ordering any Bahamian without a US visa to disembark ferry — not allowed to evacuate. They were told before boarding it was ok with Bahamian passport and clean police record. Something has now changed. pic.twitter.com/m7CnZxoiMM
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) September 9, 2019
At a news conference on Monday, Acting White House Commissioner Mark Morgan said, “We will accept anyone on humanitarian reasons who needs to come here.”