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75 Haitian nationals repatriated on taxpayers’ dime

75 Haitian nationals, who have been waiting since March to be repatriated, are back in Haiti tonight.

The 67 men and 8 women boarded a Bahamasair flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti at 1:06pm today.

The Gallery was on the ground as the detainees boarded the plane at Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Two weeks ago, several Haitian detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre went on a hunger strike and demanded to return to their home country.

Two hours later, a fight erupted between two Haitians who disagreed over the hunger strike. Some of the detainees escaped from their dormitories and a fence was damaged. It was recommended that eight Haitians involved in the disturbance be charged with destruction of government property. It doesn’t appear as if that happened.

Their March repatriation was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

FNM MP Frederick McAlpine, in a withering critique of the Minnis Administration, said it is unfair that Bahamians stuck abroad were forced to pay for plane tickets to return home when illegals are repatriated on Bahamasair free of charge.

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