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Nov 2, 2012

Immigration and Nationality Department cracking down on illegal immigrants

Nilda Valasquez

The Immigration and Nationality Department is cracking down on illegal immigrants. A weeklong sting operation conducted by the department has led to the arrest of three women, accused of hiring illegal immigrants at their business establishments.  On Wednesday, twenty-two year old Sandra Carballo, proprietor of Blue House Bar in Ladyville, appeared in Belize City Magistrates’ Court where she was arraigned on five counts of employing a person not in possession of a work permit.  Two more businesswomen were hauled before the court today, where one pleaded guilty to a similar charge.  Forty-three year old Salvadoran national Maria Yolanda Enriquez, who has been residing in Belize for the past twenty years, owner of La Cabana Bar in Belize City, appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart this evening where she pleaded not guilty to five charges.

Maria Enriquez

On Thursday, her business place was raided by immigration officials, who discovered that five women under her employ are in the country illegally.  Enriquez was offered bail in the sum of four thousand dollars, plus one surety of the same amount under the condition that she surrenders all travel documents.  In another case before Magistrate Stuart, thirty-four year old Nilda Velasquez, who appeared unrepresented, pleaded guilty to three counts of employing a person not in possession of a work permit.  A swoop on Velasquez’s business, Lion King Bar, revealed that she unlawfully hired a trio of illegal immigrants.  A non-custodial sentence was imposed on Velasquez and she was fined three thousand dollars, to be paid by December fifteenth or in default two years imprisonment.

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11 Responses for “Immigration and Nationality Department cracking down on illegal immigrants”

  1. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    How about the ILLEGAL Chinese??? All with Belize passport BEFORE they arrive in Belize?
    SEE HOW MANY BELIZEAN BUSINESS ARE CLOSED BECAUSE OF CHINESE ???
    Why wash hands with Spanish???
    BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO DAZZLES THE HIGH MEN EYES !!!!
    WHAT A SHAME !!!! CONTINUE WASHING YOUR HANDS.

  2. beachman says:

    Question: are the fines determined by fixed law or at the judge’s discretion. This story says, “A swoop on Velasquez’s business, Lion King Bar, revealed that she unlawfully hired a trio of illegal immigrants. A non-custodial sentence was imposed on Velasquez and she was fined three thousand dollars, to be paid by December fifteenth or in default two years imprisonment.” $3,000 or two years in prison. Doesn’t it cost much more to house someone in prison for 2 years than what the $3,000 fine amount is? Can’t Belize assign fines that make a bigger difference in the pocketbook of law breakers?

  3. Pedro Dolmo says:

    This is so ironic election time GOB was hustling for the immigrants even if they were criminals all of a sudden they cracking down SMH

  4. Rod says:

    Judas barrow is a bigot he is prejudice against anyone who is not black why is it that only the Spanish is being rounded up and sent back have you ever seen any Nigerian or Haitian or Jamaican or Bahamian or any black person being deported ill tell you you never see this that’s because judas barrow and this gov are prejudice against anyone who is not black guan bigot barrow guan

  5. Seletar says:

    Good observations, beachman.

  6. leon leon says:

    It doesn’t matter what color your skin is or from what country you came. If you are illegal in a country, your are illegal. The questions is, “Who is responsible to follow up with the legal entries – making certain that they exit within the time given?” Who is protecting the borders? Who is doing background checks when someone applies to open a business? Are we letting all these things just be ignored? Do we know if these women in this report are legal? It’s clear they hired illegals but are they legal? Look at all the others that we know are not Belizeans, holding Belizean passports…DARN SHAME…LOTS OF PEOPLE SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR THESE ILLEGAL doings.
    Did anyone try to find out about all these settlements of illegals in Belize? Maskall Village in the Belize Rural North District, is saturated with people from other Central American countries. Did any government official try to find out what is going on there? When Belizeans try to get land, they are given the “senna” deal. How do these people get land to build houses and to farm? Who is in charge of this? Who is looking? Who is concerned? In a few years, the entire village will be taken over by illegals….WAKE UP BELIZE, WAKE UP MASKALL…..WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING…WE CANNOT ALLOW ALL THESE ILLEGALS TO TAKE OVER OUR COUNTRY.

  7. nigel says:

    @ Rod… you know you can copy and paste right? Aside from maybe two words it’s the same asinine gibberish you always post. Please Rod the rest of the world is watching and it may be misconstrued that you are representative of the sentiments of Belizeans just by the virtue of ………… (freedom of speech I guess) ………… your hate filled garbage. Yes Rod you are a racist and a bigot so in as much as you don’t like Barrow and think him a racist you too sir are everything you claim that he is and the only difference is that he has never admitted it unlike you. Go back to the jungle Rod or just forget to inhale; the latter shouldn’t be too hard for you.

  8. Truth says:

    In bullet tree police station, you see trucks coming in and leaving, the other day immigration seemed to have needed money cause they were there and finned them. the problem with that is the police station stamps paper accepting bribery to allow the trucks to pass with cattle’s among other things..

    Everyone knows that even immigration and customs.. yet there is nothing done about it.

    The police, immigration, customs are all in it. why? Safety comes first.

  9. Name Withheld says:

    @ nigel,
    I agree with you Rod (for lack of a better word) is a jackass; it is very evident that he have a big problem with Mr. Barrow, maybe he have legitimate reason/s ( i think he never get paid for the ..job he gave…) also he is an idiot…Jamaicans/ people from CARICOM member country can legally travel to any member state and engage in employment…. damn pendiejo Rod!!

  10. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    Police, Immigration, and Customs are living it large here in Belize.
    They all just using the poor people AND the rich ones too !!!
    Referendum????????????????
    Yes I support that we PLEASE PLEASE go to a referendum to give back Belize to the British…oh yes, that is far much better for ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We`ll have less corruption!!!

  11. Guate says:

    why only the Hispanic get arrested, how bout the Chinese, Indian, Pakistani. and Hizbullah, dis whole govament is RACIST.

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