Turks and Caicos Minister Attempts Damage Control Over Haitian Migrant Remarks

Turks and Caicos Immigration Minister, DonHue Gardiner

Turks and Caicos Immigration Minister, DonHue Gardiner

DonHue Gardiner, who made international news for remarking in the Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly, that it is his goal as immigration minister to make the lives of illegal Haitian migrants “unbearable”, has engaged in some attempted damage control in relation to the fallout from his comments.

In an interview on local television this week, Gardiner said he was not just singling out Haitians.

He went on to repeat his call for all citizens to report all illegals and report all those harbouring illegal immigrants.

He said those obtaining belongership own a part of the country and must do their part and invoke pride as a Turks and Caicos islander to enforce laws, and make sure these people are picked up and dealt with.

This is not the first time Gardiner’s party, the Progressive National Party (PNP), has been embroiled in controversy over the treatment of illegal Haitian migrants.

During a previous PNP administration in September 2007, when Gardiner was a backbench member of parliament, three Haitians in custody in Providenciales died from dehydration, as they had been detained in a metal building without ventilation and without adequate drinking water.

 

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