|PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the opening of a NEDCO office in Penal Monday|
The UK, Canada and the United States have been sending back to the country T&T nationals convicted of crimes in their respective countries. An average of about 200 are returned to Trinidad each year from the U.S. alone. And the Obama administration is accelerating that program of repatriating criminals.
Many of them emigrated with their families to the U.S. as children and were raised during their formative years in the U.S. Therefore while they remain nations of Trinidad and Tobago their deviant behaviour is a product of the social and other conditions in their respective envirnments.
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Feature: Criminal deportees to T&T part of the crime problem
Persad-Bissessar told the Express newspaper on Monday despite the serious crime problem there are no plans for any drastic measures such as a state of emergency.
"We have had no discussions with respect to a State of Emergency and therefore at this point in time there is no opinion on that matter.
"What we are doing is that we increasing the patrols, army patrols throughout the country more road blocks more mobile patrols more foot patrols of course an increase visibility to lock down as it were the streets of Trinidad and Tobago," Persad-Bissessar stated.