Illegal Migrant Activity Continues in Cayman, More Migrants Arrive


Over the past two weeks, Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control (CBC) has reported multiple migrant boats arriving in Caymanian waters. Not to be outdone, CBC confirmed that another 9 migrants arrived on the south shore of Cayman Brac around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday April 30, 2022.

According to the CBC, the ship had 8 men and 1 woman on board.

Regarding the condition of the migrants, the CBC confirmed that all the migrants appear to be in good health and that one migrant was treated by the Health Services Authority emergency medical technicians for a laceration on his foot.

CBC said the migrants will be treated according to the processing protocols established by CBC and will be transported to Grand Cayman as soon as possible.

While the hard work of the CBC is recognized and appreciated, the trend of arriving migrants is troubling because, once migrant detention facilities reach capacity in the future, illegal migrants may need to be accommodated in prisons or within the community if CBC migrants contingency plans do not result in timely processing of migrants (repatriating them to their country of origin or otherwise).

The situation also requires the Cayman Islands government to spend money which, based on recent migrant numbers, will exceed the US$1,000,000 spent on migrants in previous years. This is important because the government likely failed to budget for the impacts of mass migration, which could lead to a reallocation of resources to pay for health care and other issues related to thousands of undocumented migrants, if their number was expected to number in the thousands this summer.

The image of thousands of migrants is not unrealistic given that one of the popular origins of migrants is Cuba, which is not so far from the Cayman Islands and millions of people seek to escape their conditions for a better life somewhere – which is usually in the United States. States. However, for an illegal migrant, the United States as the final destination can easily change to Cayman Islands. This is because Cayman is close to Cuba and Cayman has a reputation for having more jobs than people to fill positions. Looking for opportunities here can therefore make perfect sense.

Another issue that may impact the numbers is the idea that some locals have suggested that “boats could help migrants leave their origin, for example from Cuba, then drop them off in Cayman waters to be tracked down later.” and supported by Radio-Canada.” If this is true, then the CBC might consider engaging the Cayman Islands Coast Guard and police helicopter to patrol Cayman waters more frequently to detect migrant activity.

Overall, the idea is not that migrants are not welcome in Cayman, but that they are treated properly and that national security, health and other issues are adequately addressed.


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