Barbados Has A Right To Protect Its Border – The Shanique Myrie Case

Harry Husbands, Parliamentary Secretary for immigration

Today’s Jamaica Observer highlights a story which alleges that a  Shanique Myrie was “subjected to two demeaning cavity searches by a female immigration officer who continuously spewed venom about Jamaicans.” Immediately the question came to mind, how could the immigration officer have performed the cavity search in a manner that was not demeaning? The incident has provoked the elusive Parliamentary Secretary responsible for immigration Harry Husbands to respond to the story. It appears the lady was not allowed into Barbados for a legitimate reason.

Those of us who have travelled the world are aware of the limitless authority immigration and custom officials appear to possess. Individuals who are compliant with the law usually have nothing to fear. If we accept the position of the government conveyed by Husbands, Shanique Myrie was ‘pulled’ for a legitimate reason. All of those who are shouting for murder should remember Jamaica is a destination where drug mules originate in abundance. It is no excuse to profile people to the extent they are victimized or dehumanized,  however simple logic says Barbados must protect its borders. If an immigration officer is found to be overzealous in carrying out their duty, there is a process to seek redress. The Jamaica Observer’s article is therefore alarmist, sensational and smacks of  Jingoism.

Another part of this story worthy of comment is the haste with which local media ran with it. A woman makes an allegation carried by Jamaica media and the local press pulls out the fog horn. Not too long ago when Barbadians were begging local media to highlight the consequence of an open door immigration policy, local media sought to ‘manage’ public sentiment for fear of triggering an anti-immigrant backlash. Unfortunately the Jamaicans and Guyanese have not seen the need to reciprocate. why is the local media so quick to dump on local agencies?

It seems Barbados has become the whipping boy and door mat for all in the Caribbean. From St. Vincent next door, to Jamaica in the North, to Guyana in the South. There was a time not too long ago when late Prime Minister’s Barrow and Adams were alive regional countries would think hard before spitting their filth in our direction. The yellow bellies who now occupy leadership positions in Barbados have taken timid to a new level.

0 thoughts on “Barbados Has A Right To Protect Its Border – The Shanique Myrie Case


  1. @ROK
    By your logic or lack thereof , can I assume that if/since you are right about BAFP, then you are right about Myrie? Have you
    ignored everything stated by her lawyer, the bogus Honary Consul to Barbados, the address given to immigration, the person whom she was staying with, the purpose of her visit , the time delay in rep;orting the incident to the relevant authorities and all the other things that have come to light so far to prove that she is a liar?
    BAFP , then you are right about Myrie?


  2. I think the Barbados public should be more alert on the upcoming meeting between the Barbados Government and Jamaican authorities not to mention the upcoming Freedom of Movement meeting in Belize.I am wondering if this is being used to open Barbados’ immigration doors considering the Belize meeting,the issue in general and the timing is just too convenient. The timing of this entire thing is rather suspicious.

    Of course any allegation “IF” true is WRONG but must be dealt with by Barbados authorities,period.”IF” it happened on Barbados soil by someone whom worked on behalf of Government,then Government would be totally responsible for any prosecution.I have read some claims thus far that asked for the officer in question and just wanted to make that clear.


  3. ROK

    We go ah lotta new comers ’bout hey that feel they got rights to attach labels see, but they got me confused ’causen I still trying to find this fella called “BAFP” … I never hear ’bout he before …! You know where he say something pun this blog?


  4. @Jay: “I think the Barbados public should be more alert on the upcoming meeting between the Barbados Government and Jamaican authorities not to mention the upcoming Freedom of Movement meeting in Belize.

    I mostly agree with what you’ve written above. And I note and appreciate your use of the word “IF”.

    To speak to your complete statement, any student of logic knows that correlation does not necessarily indicate causality.

    Correlation does not exclude causality, either.

    Only when all the relevant facts are known can anyone decide if any event was causal, or simply correlative.


  5. “By your logic or lack thereof , can I assume that if/since you are right about BAFP, then you are right about Myrie? Have you ignored everything stated by her lawyer, the bogus Honary Consul to Barbados, the address given to immigration, the person whom she was staying with, the purpose of her visit , the time delay in reporting the incident to the relevant authorities and all the other things that have come to light so far to prove that she is a liar?”

    I don’t think that anything has come to light that has proven she is a liar. To date, it seems to be a “he said she said” situation. In fact, it would seem that the other person detained with Ms Myrie has made statements consistent with her story.

    If I am to be honest, there is a pattern I see developing that I find concerning. A non-national makes an allegation about mistreatment by Barbadian immigration officials and commentators on BU are quick to say that the non-national is lying.

    I have even read a post suggesting that it is unpatriotic to believe the Jamaican’s side of the story over the Bajan’s.

    I know that I am probably going to have to join BAFP and islandgal246 on the list of personae non gratae but I felt the need to say that I am one of those persons that would prefer to await the outcome of a proper investigation before I cast judgment on any of the persons involved in this incident.


  6. @Chuckles

    Only speaking of consistency. Your logic leaves a lot to be desired. If it takes god to convince you of the truth, it means that accepting lies is your policy?


  7. Anonlegal

    I is talk real bad ’bout lawyers .. you know, but make no mistake I don’ include you in dah group. You cool bro’.


  8. A Jamaican woman came to Barbados early March 2011, alleged that she was “finger raped” but never reported the matter not until late (almost the end) of the same month, and further more not to her Ministry of Foreign Affairs but to a Jamaican newspaper. Now she claims she is traumatised, and demand justice. My gut feeling is that she is not working alone but the “jamaican mafia” is using her to try to soften up Barbados Immigration, with the hope of making it easier for their mules to get pass immigration and customs here. My question is why would she have taken so long to make the allegation, at least to a lawyer? ? I hope my government leaders don’t allow these jamaican to steamroll them, because the typical Jamaican see Bajans as small island people who are inferior to them. We MUST protect our borders from them or anyone else who think they have a right to MARCH into this country and we must spread out a red carpet for them. . Barbados has become the “whore capital” of the caribbean, because of the sweet money these prositutes collect both day and night. The many massge saloons that people of all class go to during the day, the XXX clubs both private and public spread all over this country, that attract people from all walks of life, with clients not only from within the region but also extra regional, but remember drugs and prostitution goes hand in hand. We need to take a stand NOW and I call on ALL decent barbadians to stand in support of our Minister of Foreign Affairs to help protect this country. To those bajans who must frequent these XXX clubs, if you must have an affair, make it a Home (local) Affair and not a Foreign one.


  9. BAFBFP | March 29, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Yeah, thanks for the particular reference B but I did not see any mention of Mary Madgalene in those verses. Am I missing it?


  10. @Scout
    “Barbados has become the “whore capital” of the caribbean, because of the sweet money these prositutes collect both day and night.”

    So Scoutie what does that say about Barbadians? The problem is not because of these women, without clients, they would not be coming here. We seem to have a incompetent vice squad. When was the last time you heard of raids by them?


  11. Here is a woman who alleges that she was sexually violated GAIA international airport and the first people she goes to with her complaint is the newspaper. Not the Police Dept! Not the Jamaican Embassy ! but a Newspaper. Who woman in their right mind would go to a newspaper first if they were sexually violated. What a bunch of crock!
    Now in order to bolster Myrie”s case Jamaica government is asking other people from the caribbean to write letters . I guess they figure that just in case Myrie story is untruth . They can present others letters of similar allegations as proof that the incident could have happen.


  12. @Ac

    Many victims who have been sexually violated kept silent for many years. Look at the catholic church, many victims kept silent for many many years.

    This alleged victim decided she wasn’t going to remain silent. We cannot cast judgement on why she went to the press, perhaps she wanted people to sit up and listen.


  13. When this debacle is over, I hope that Barbados will realise who our real friends,if any, are in the Caribbean. In just about every one of the other island’s newspapers, Barbados Bashing is the order of the day. At least one online newspaper, where readers have to pay a subscription fee to read entire stories , is giving full stories for free, anything to do with this Barbados/Jamaica incident. Its easy to crawl out of the woodwork and join the band wagon.


  14. islandgal246 | March 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM |
    @Ac

    Many victims who have been sexually violated kept silent for many years. Look at the catholic church, many victims kept silent for many many years.

    And by the same token many men have been falsely charged and imprisoned for assaulting women.


  15. @islandgal246: “This alleged victim decided she wasn’t going to remain silent. We cannot cast judgement on why she went to the press, perhaps she wanted people to sit up and listen.

    Let us please not forget — many don’t trust the Police.

    Nor the “Authorities”.

    Often for good reasons…

    Let us please not forget — this alleged victim may be telling the truth about what happened to her here in Bim.


  16. @Scout
    You couldn’t have summed up the situation better. Not even the Primary School children who experiece sexual assaults by other little children wait 3 weeks to tell their parents or guardians. Is Myrie mentally challenged? As you rightly suggested, she appears to be a small fry in a big network trying to soften up Barbados Immigration laws. While living in Queens, I had a neighbour who was deported several times to Jamaica but before the cat could lick its ears, he was back in the US. How he did it is a mystery to me.


  17. @ Christopher Halsall
    Do you realize that during the 3 weeks delay Myrie was in Jamaica? Which Police she shouldn’t trust? The Jamaican or Barbadian? Does she trust Jamaican lawyers? What about her Jamaican physician? Does she have friends in whom she could have confided about her alleged assault while in Barbados? The woman was deported the day after the alleged incident took place.


  18. Yeah and both countries have sat up and listen and we are but the worst for it so far. All it has done is to bring out the ugliness n us.Notice that when Sexually violated victims do talk it is either to the policefirst or family members. Most of the time when it does come out in the open . It is when it is headed for the courts. Myrie plan of action was well planned and all it has down is made a negative division between the two countries which could have avoided if she h ad use legal avenues.


  19. @Chuckles: “Not even the Primary School children who experiece sexual assaults by other little children wait 3 weeks to tell their parents or guardians.

    You cannot know that to be true.

    By definition.

    What about those who didn’t “report”?

    You would never know.

    QED.


  20. ac said:

    “Here is a woman who alleges that she was sexually violated GAIA international airport and the first people she goes to with her complaint is the newspaper. Not the Police Dept! Not the Jamaican Embassy! but a Newspaper.”

    Police Department? To which Police Department would she have gone? She was not allowed entry into Barbados so it could not be the Royal Barbados Police Force. In any event, the allegation is that the assault was perpetrated by a police woman. I such circumstances I do not think it is farfetched to think that she would not have made a complaint to the very agency who she alleges violated her.

    But let me ask you this ac, if the Nation or advocate published a story about an alleged “finger rape” of a bajan woman at the hands of Guyanese police officers during a visit to Guyana wouldn’t you expect our government to demand an investigation? Would you doubt her story because she disclosed it to the press before making a complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

    I think that we bajans would call for an investigation in the same way Jamaicans are calling for one.


  21. @ac: “Yeah and both countries have sat up and listen and we are but the worst for it so far.

    There are times when it is valuable to create a crucible.

    Perhaps now is one of those times.


  22. Her after actions speaks volumesand her intent to punishBarbados was not a kneejerk reaction on her part but was wellthought out byher do the very damage we are seeing now. Barbados would survive this .


  23. @ Chris Halsall

    My Latin teacher H.B.St.John often told us to check the meaning of Latin phrases before we used them. Quod erat demonstrandum means ‘What was to be demonstrated or proven” . What did you prove by saying that we never know about the cases that weren’t reported. lol


  24. @Chrtopher Halsall
    For your information I learned and learned well. In Barbados we refer to the roosters which keep the most noise as paling cocks. I don’t know what they are called in your country. My qualifications were gained while you were in diapers and at as prestigious a University as they come. My parents were too poor to buy my qualifications as some people do in your country. Please think about the meaning of Latin phrases before you use them.


  25. @Anon legal

    I do assume that they are Police and Diplomatic embassies in Jamaica that she could have filed her story with on arrival back to Jamaica . If her intentions were good she would have gone to the proper authorities. after three weeks she could have done so.

    Well any government would be negligent if a person with a negative complaint which had to do with illegalities towards a civil servants did not respond in a proper fashion. However that brings me to the point that if Myrie had pursue government as of nowthe Jamaican government is doing.All now we are now witnessing is a lot of the damage and hate which is being hurdled towards each country would have been avoided. In essence her actions have destroyed what little relationswe had among. each oth which could have been easily avoided. Going to the newspaper serve only to inflammed the issue.