‘Some very bad people’: Trump defends blocking desperate Bahamians from entering the U.S. by lying about them

Trump blocked Bahamians from traveling to the US, just after Hurricane Dorian destroyed their homes

Yesterday Front Page Live reported that the Trump administration had abruptly banned Bahamians from entering the U.S. legally after Hurricane Dorian, leaving hundreds stranded without adequate supplies to food and water.

Many had just wanted to stay with family to tide them over after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island.

But to add insult to injury, last night the President falsely claimed he had banned Bahamians from travelling due to crime concerns.

Asked by reporters about his policy, the President claimed:

“We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation. Because, look, the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren’t supposed to be there. 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 very bad gang members.”

False claims

Bahamians have no resort to get proper documentation. They were allowed to travel to the US visa-free until the ban, and subsequently the US embassy in the Bahamas stopped operations.

Moreover, Bahamians travelling to the US need to show a clean police record before travelling, which minimizes the chances of ‘gang members’ coming to the US - for which the President provided no proof.

The President was also contradicted by his own team.

Yesterday the acting Customs and Border Protection head, Mark Morgan, said:

“If your life is in jeopardy and you’re in the Bahamas … you’re going to be allowed to come to the United States, whether you have travel documents or not.”

He said the processing would be handled expeditiously. But he was later contradicted by the President.

Former Republican governor for Florida, Rick Scott said:

“As hundreds of thousands of Bahamians seek refuge or start to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian, we cannot have the kind of confusion that occurred last night in Freeport.”

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