Salvadoran men seeking asylum in Belize Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Three Salvadoran men appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 18, 2017 where they were all read a charge of failure to comply with the conditions of their visitors permit. They are 25-year-old Roberto Carlos Ramirez Carpio, a vendor of Antelope Street, 32-year-old Rene Juarez, and 18-year-old Louis Chavez, both of Iguana Street Extension.

Carpio has been living in Belize since he entered on August 4, 2017. He was given until September 3, 2017 to remain in the country legally while Juarez, who was issued with a visitor’s permit on July 5, 2017, was given until July 29, 2017 to remain in the country. According to Juarez, he has been living in Belize for 7 years but was not caught until September 15, 2017. Chavez, who entered the country on August 5, 2017, was only granted a visitor’s permit until September 3, 2017. The three men failed to get extensions and as a result, they failed to comply with the conditions of their permit.

In court, the three men pleaded guilty and claimed to be seeking asylum given the problems in their home country. According to Immigration prosecutor Lindsey Wade, none of the men made it known that they were seeking asylum and it wasn’t until in court when they gave that version of the story.

Magistrate Ford fined them each $1,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court to be paid forthwith. She also ordered that interviews be done with the men to verify whether or not they met the requirement for asylum seekers.