November 21, 2019

Cayman Islands government issues update on peaceful protest by Cuban migrants

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A group of eight Cuban migrants at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) on Tuesday (15 January 2019) refused food. This followed a peaceful protest that began late last week concerning: immigration processing; access to free, bi-lingual attorneys; and a desire to be released into the community. Acting Chief Immigration Officer Garfield Wong met with the […]

Cuban migrants land in Cayman Brac

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The Department of Immigration (DOI) has confirmed that three Cuban migrants landed in Cayman Brac on Monday, 4 December 2017 after their makeshift vessel crashed. The three males suffered minor injuries, but their vessel was a complete loss. The group is currently in immigration custody in Cayman Brac and awaiting transfer to Grand Cayman. To […]

Cayman Islands: Cuban migrants update

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Twenty-eight Cuban migrants landed in Cayman Brac on January 13th, after their makeshift vessel ran aground. Arrangements are underway to have the vessel safely removed. The group of 25 males and 3 females are currently in immigration custody in Cayman Brac – awaiting transfer to Grand Cayman. Another migrant vessel which ran aground late last […]

85 Cuban migrants currently on Grand Cayman awaiting repatriation

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Update on Cuban Migrants The 34 Cuban migrants who landed in Cayman Brac over the holiday weekend, were transferred to Grand Cayman on Thursday, December 29 2016. The Department of Immigration, with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, also repatriated 19 migrants to Cuba on the same day.  To date there are 85 Cuban […]

More Cuban migrants in Cayman Islands waters

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From Cayman Islands Immigration Department Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 5:17 PM Another group of seven Cuban migrants entered local waters aboard a makeshift vessel. The group of men arrived in East End this morning and were met by local authorities. Around noon today they continued their journey. Within the last week a total of 71 migrants […]

Forty-three Cuban migrants repatriated from Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration repatriated a total of forty-three Cuban migrants to Havana, Cuba, within the last twelve days. Customs and Prison officials also assisted. Currently 64 Cuban migrants remain in Immigration custody on Island – 41 males, 21 females and 2 children. There are currently no migrants housed at the Bodden Town […]

The Editor Speaks: Open but prefer shut

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Everyone now preaches openness when they actually would prefer SHUT! Being open and not secretive, especially when you are in government, is the ideal concept all governments like the public to believe. It has, to some degree, been forced on governments largely because of social media. A smart phone is a very fast recorder of […]

Cayman Islands’ prison marks 35th anniversary with Corrections Week

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Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service marks its 35th anniversary this month with the first formal Cayman Islands Corrections Week from 24-30 April 2016. The facility opened on 5 June 1981, when prison officers from the U.K. arrived to set up the service and train local staff. Up until then, convicted offenders were kept in […]

32 Cuban migrants repatriated from Cayman Islands

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Thirty two Cuban migrants were repatriated yesterday (Tuesday, 1 March 2016) in a joint operation by Immigration, Customs and Her Majesty’s Prison Service officers. With the departure of the 28 males and four females, the remaining 102 migrants continue to be housed at the Immigration Detention Centre and at facilities in East End, Bodden Town […]

Cuban migrants in Cayman in police custody after disturbance

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Cayman Government Press Release GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Four Cuban migrants are in police custody following incidents at the Immigration Detention Centre. One of the migrants jumped the fence and was captured by Prison Staff after a foot chase and another climbed onto the roof of the facility armed with large rocks. The four […]