(Trinidad Guardian) A three-year-old boy, who was among 13 passengers refused entry into Trinidad and Tobago after they came off a flight from Venezuela, was reunited with his mother last night.
La Venezolana flight AW1302 arrived at the Piarco International Airport from Caracas around 10.24 am yesterday but upon arrival, immigration officers refused the passengers entry into the country.
Distraught relatives who were waiting to receive the passengers related their stories to Guardian Media yesterday evening.
Guardian Media understands that Jofiel Mijares came on the flight with his aunt Juana Reyes to meet his mother Vanessa Reyes to leave for Australia, where they were granted refugee status. Speaking through a translator, his mother said she was extremely happy and relieved she was reunited with him.
Another woman’s two brothers arrived on the flight but were separated as one was granted entry while the other was not.
“When they were ready to go to the officer, they split them and I sent only one letter (of invitation) for both of them. My brother who saw the senior officer—fine—they did an interview with him and they gave him three months and then, with the same letter, the other officer who saw my brother… he just decided to send him back,” she explained.
They all expressed confusion as they were not told why they were being refused entry into the country.
The Venezuelan nationals were scheduled to be sent back to their country of origin but they refused, as they were being placed on a flight which was destined for Porlamar, almost 500 kilometres from Caracas, where they departed.
“Now, look at the time, we are here…we’re still here waiting for an answer because there is no flight to Caracas now, the next flight will be next Thursday. We have no information about what they going to do with them.”
Up to press time, the passengers were still at Piarco awaiting legal representation, as they said they had all the necessary legal documents to enter the country.
Guardian Media tried reaching immigration officials and National Security Minister Stuart Young for comment but was unsuccessful.