Cuban migrants are in police custody
22 May 2014, 8:00 AM
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 are being investigated for escaping lawful custody and threats
against law enforcement individuals.
"I recognise that the situation was extremely volatile and praise for
the staff who were able to manage the incident and diffuse it without
any injury," said Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Alden
Attending the scene were several officers from the Department of
Immigration, Her Majesty's Prison, as well as a full contingent of fire
officers and trucks outside the IDC.
Home Affairs Chief Officer Eric Bush went to the scene and noted that
things had begun to calm down and that the migrant on the roof had come
down own his own accord.
"It is my understanding that tensions have been rising for some time
now," Mr. McLaughlin said. "This is largely due to the wait times for
the Cubans to be repatriated back to Cuba and the uncertainty of when
this will occur.
"I have scheduled a meeting for next week to discuss the management of
the Immigration Detention Centre going forward and will make a further
The Memorandum of Understanding with Cuba states that migrants are to be
repatriated within three weeks. Currently, repatriations are taking two
to three months.
Officials from the Cayman Islands and Cuba are slated to meet next month
for a review of the MoU.
Mr. McLaughlin said the arrival of any more migrant Cubans could make
matters even worse.
"Long term, the work really has to be with Cuba to work toward
repatriation time lines that are in keeping with the three weeks in the
MoU. We want to work with Cuba to fix this situation going forward."
Source: Cuban migrants in police custody Details – Radio Cayman One -