Hurricane Dorian. Image via U.S. Department of State.

Bahamas Hurricane Survivors Kicked off a Ferry Heading to Florida

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Investigative Reporter Brian Entin in Miami for News 7 WSVN, reported via Twitter on Sunday, that refugees fleeing the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian were told if they did not have a U.S. Visa, they needed to leave the ferry that was due to take them to Florida.

Newsweek reported Sunday U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s Florida office issued a statement that said they were not responsible “for forcing dozens of Bahamians fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Dorian to disembark from a rescue ferry headed to the Sunshine State because they did not have U.S. visas.”

The private ferry Baleària Caribbean offered their own statement on Monday evening.

Florida Republican Senator’s Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday last week, asking that the Administration suspend certain visa requirements for those displaced by the hurricane.

Florida House members also sent President Trump an open letter requesting the same on Friday.

President Trump was asked on Monday ahead of his campaign rally from North Carolina about the confusion regarding the Bahamian refugees.

President Trump said, “So we are talking to a lot of different people on that. You know, we’re recovering from the hurricane, also.”

He added, “we have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation, because look the Bahama had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren’t suppose to be there.”

He continued, “I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers.”

CNN reported on Monday, that an estimate 4,800 Bahamians have been evacuated, while another 70,000 have been left homeless.

The death toll has risen to 45 confirmed dead, but officials caution that number is expected to rise in the coming weeks.

In light of the confusion that left 119 people stranded on Island, Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is asking for the Bahamas’ government to investigate the incident.