Seven Illegal Immigrants in Court Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

An Immigration sweep at nightclubs led to the detention of 14 women from Fox’s, Eruption, Long Island, and Dream Like City nightclubs. These fourteen women were all undocumented waitresses and bargirls from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Of the 14 women, 7 appeared in court on Tuesday, April 10 and while the Immigration officers were unable to prove that the women worked at the bars, they were charged with the offenses of illegal immigration of failure to comply with the conditions of a visitor’s permit.

The first three women all hailed from Honduras. Keiling Maryuri Pineda Villa Franco, a 19-year-old Honduran national unemployed of Prince Street, was charged with deemed a prohibited immigrant when she was brought to court, barefooted. She was charged before for the same offense but this time, she presented documents which proved that she has been applying for nationality since 2015. As a result, she was granted bail and ordered not to leave the country until the case is disposed of. The second and third women pled guilty and were fined $1,000 which they were ordered to pay forthwith in default of 3 months’ imprisonment. These women were arraigned before Magistrate Michelle Trapp whereas the other four were arraigned before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer.

One of the accused who appeared before Magistrate Palmer was a 23-year-old Guatemalan mother of 2 children, Ellie Rosiolio Quintanilla. She was charged with the offense of deemed a prohibited immigrant after she was found at the Eruption Bar and failed to present a valid visitor’s permit. She told the court that she entered Belize on Wednesday, April 5, 2018 after fleeing her country because of domestic abuse by the father of her children. She was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay the fine forthwith in default of 3 months’ imprisonment.

Another Honduran, 24-yer-old Jenny Villanueva Portillo, appeared before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer where she was charged with failure to present a valid visitor’s permit when demanded by an Immigration Officer. A removal order was requested by Immigration authority but was denied after Portillo proved that she had a Belizean-born child to whom she is the only caretaker. As a result, she was allowed the opportunity to remain in Belize and to file for nationality.