Gov’t willing to assist Venezuelans who respect immigration laws
On a humanitarian level, the Government of Guyana says it will not turn back Venezuelans who come to seek help, but the country’s laws must be obeyed.
Recently the Court ordered that 14 Venezuelans found guilty of illegal entry be deported and fined. The group of men and women sought to claim before the Court that they had entered Guyana in search of food and water due to the economic crisis in their homeland.
The Minister of State explained that whilst Guyana was internationally obligated to assist persons on humanitarian grounds, the law must be complied with. “We, of course, have a responsibility to ensure the integrity of our borders, and the immigration procedures will be applied to all.”