Following hurricane, Trump balks at welcoming residents of the Bahamas


Trump said vetting should continue for those traveling to the USA and said people from the affected islands could instead be taken to other Bahamian regions not hit by Dorian. TPS applies to people who would face extreme hardship if forced to return to homelands devastated by armed conflict or natural disasters, therefore the protections are limited to people already in the United States. "The UN has deployed the emergency medical teams in government infrastructure to meet trauma needs and respond urgently to people", he said.

"We would have definitely worked with this transportation company or any other transportation company to.facilitate this process", Silva said, explaining how they would have processed those individuals if they made it to the USA port. "CBP is not denying or discouraging evacuation efforts and we empathize with the plight of the Bahamian people".

Trump, contradicting Morgan, said "everyone" trying to come from the Bahamas "needs totally proper documentation".

"If you're in the Bahamas and you want to come to the United States you're going to be allowed to come to the United States, whether you have travel documents or not", Morgan said.

Bahamians now need a visa to travel to the USA unless they are pre-screened by United States customs officers at one of the two main Bahamian airports.

Those who lived through the storm bring with them horrific tales of survival: breaking through rooftops or swimming onto boats to try and ride out the violent waters. Police have appealed to the public to file reports of missing persons.

Around 130 Bahamian evacuees boarded the ferry in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Sunday night to head to shelter in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after withstanding several days of limited food, water and power on the island.

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Mr Morgan addressed the issue after reports that United States authorities had forced some people to be removed from a boat leaving the Bahamas because they didn't have the required visas.

USAID had pledged a total of $3.8 million in aid to the Bahamas, according to CNN.

A member of the Canadian Burnaby Firefighters Search & Rescue Task Force and a dog search for the dead in the destroyed the Mudd neighbourhood after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour. "We're just walking up and down asking people if they know where we can stay". The agency also requested that all refugees present themselves at a US port of entry so that their admission can be reported to Bahamian authorities searching for missing residents in Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Evacuees wait for transportation to leave Marsh Harbour Port on Abaco Island. A truck delivered at least two bodies to a makeshift mortuary Saturday.

The Government also announced that it is providing the necessary resources to ensure safety and security on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. They are victims of a tragic situation who open their country to American all year long.

Health Minister Duane Sands confirmed to NBC News early Tuesday that 44 people have died due to the hurricane, which battered the Bahamas earlier this month.