JA On Constant Alert Says National Security Minister

KINGSTON, National Security Minister Robert Montague says Jamaica is constantly on alert for terrorists at the country’s ports of entry by using a watch list provided by the international criminal police organization (INTERPOL).

“Our immigration officers are on alert. We have the software and backup systems to check passengers before they land, and when they land we’re cued into Interpol,” he said.

Montague gave the assurance in a recent interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) where he alluded to the recent suspected case of terrorism at the British Parliament in London, England, on March 22.

Statistics provided by Montague revealed that between last year and February this year, more than 412 travellers were denied entry into the island.

“These are persons whose names are on the watch list. There is intelligence, which suggests that they were not coming for sun and sea alone, but for other things. Some may also have been in transit to go elsewhere,” he said.

The National Security Minister also emphasised the importance of protecting the country’s borders, which he says is being done by the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency and immigration officers, who are doing a “phenomenal job”.