Venezuelan migrants who have taken up residency in the Region One (Barima-Waini) are in desperate need of food supplies.Region One Chairman Brentol Ashley told Guyana Times that assistance is needed to support those who would have escaped the harsh conditions in their country.“These persons are in need of food supplies in the varying areas and so we’re saddled with the responsibility of trying to find ways to provide food items for them,” said Ashley.The Chairman could not give a definite number of persons that are in need of support, since a survey is currently in progress to tally the persons that are scattered in the various communities. “We’re right now carrying out a survey to ascertain the numbers that we have in the various communities that are currently accommodating them so I cannot be able to say a direct number because the numbers that are being provided over the last few weeks is seemingly inaccurate.”He is certain that this will enable a better understanding of the number of individuals that should be catered for. Moreover, the types of persons will be determined.“We would like to have a better understanding of how many Warrau Venezuelans we have and it’s also putting a challenge on us to find out how many Venezuelans of other ethnicities are here within the region.”He noted that the supplies needed are any items that can be “cooked eventually”.“Well, it’s food items that can be cooked eventually whether rice, flour [and] sugar. Those are mostly what we’re looking for.” The rainy season which is gradually stepping in will be of some effect to the migrants and the camps that were constructed for their stay and as such, concerns are mounting.“We’re currently having rain now. We haven’t had reports from villages of flooding and so forth but of course it is going to be a factor that is going to affect the migrants because of the kind of makeshift camps that they have. We’re trying our best to see how they can remain dry and be looked after day after day”, the Chairman added.It was reported that an initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry to send medical personnel at key areas so that the refugees can access basic healthcare facilities. This is done on a 24-hour basis.Government had also established a multi-sectorial committee to coordinate the national response and assistance to the Venezuelans. Local public officers also underwent a one-day training workshop on the international best practices to prepare them in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and exploitation.
Washington DC: The US Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the administration to enforce new asylum rules, which would cut down the number of asylum seekers, in a major political victory for President Donald Trump. The decision allows the Trump administration to implement its policy while the litigation process in lower courts is on. Two of the justices of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, dissented on the order. The White House was quick to welcome the decision. “BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!” Trump tweeted. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We are pleased the Supreme Court has ruled our Administration can implement important, needed fixes to the broken asylum system,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said. “This greatly helps build on the progress we’ve made addressing the crisis at our southern border and will ultimately make American communities safer.” According to Refugee International, the ruling by the Supreme Court was a blow to the desperate needs of asylum seekers at the southern border. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We are gravely disappointed the nation’s highest court has lifted an injunction on a policy that-by barring asylum to anyone, including families and unaccompanied children who passes through a third country, is contrary to long-established US practice,” it said. The White House spokesperson, meanwhile, said the district court’s nationwide injunction was another in a series of “overreaching” orders that allowed a single, non-elected district court judge to “override” policy decisions for the entire nation. “While there is much more work still to be done, thankfully the Supreme Court took a decisive step here and rejected the lower court’s egregious ruling,” Gidley said. Refugee International alleged that it was another attempt by the administration to brazenly circumvent existing laws and bar people, especially from Central America, from seeking protection in the US from violence and persecution.