Officials at the Ministry of Labour and Immigration released a statement informing of the capture of illegal Haitian migrants near Andros on March 3rd, 2023.

The statement said, “on Friday (3rd March 2023) routine patrols and surveillance resulted in the discovery of a vessel carrying unlawful entrants from the Republic of Haiti off the remote western coast of Andros. Investigations indicate that the vessel travelled near Cuban waters and was enroute to the United States. This appears to be an increasing trend to avoid interception in Bahamian waters.”

The statement went on to say, “given the remote location of the landing, the unlawful entrants were taken into custody this morning (5th March 2023). Following an extensive search of the landing area, a total of 127 Haitian Nationals were apprehended: 116 males, 9 females and 2 minors.”

The statement from the Ministry of Labour and Immigration also made an appeal to the public, “the public is encouraged to report violations of our immigration laws or suspected unlawful landings to local law enforcement or the Department of Immigration at (242) 604-0172 or (242) 604-0196.”