Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Fred Mitchell said yesterday that as part of the new administration’s agenda to counter the influx of Haitian immigrants to The Bahamas, the government is seeking to place intelligence officers in Haiti.
Mitchell said the problem of illegal immigration needs to be tackled in two parts.
The first step is to ensure that the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has the necessary resources and is properly structured.
He said the next step is to strengthen ties between the governments of The Bahamas and Haiti.
“Foreign Affairs will play some role in trying to reinvigorate the agreement with the Haitian government to get intelligence officers inside Haiti to track where the smuggling is taking place and stop it at the source, and bottle up the smugglers,” Mitchell told The Nassau Guardian.
“That really has to be the job number one. Job number two has to be cleaning up the situation in town (New Providence) where people are working without work permits and both of those will be energetically followed up and vigorously pursued.”
Haitian President Michel Martelly engaged in talks with Bahamian officials and businessmen earlier this year, as part of efforts to improve Haitian interest at home and abroad.