On Sept. 1 Hurricane Dorian hit landfall in the Bahamas and caused immense devastation that officials are still assessing. As of now, officials confirmed the death of at least 43 people, and there will definitely be more. Survivors of Hurricane Dorian are desperately trying to leave the Bahamas because the island is uninhabitable. CNN reports that 70,000 Bahamians are homeless. On Friday, more than 1400 people fled the island on a ship to Florida and were picked up by friends and family. On Sunday more Bahamians attempted to flee in search for refuge in the U.S., but at least 130 were turned away.
According to CNN, the trip on Friday in which 1400 people were admitted into the U.S., the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said all of them had the proper documentation. They report that 539 are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, and the other 857 are Bahamians and 39 evacuees are of other nationalities. On Sunday, however, the CBP said that “anyone traveling to the United States without a visa must disembark.” This new rule meant that about 130 people were forced to get off the ship.
Ferry staff now going around checking passports. There are hundreds of Bahamians on here. People are in shock. Hundreds of people trying to evacuate just forced off the boat. I’m not videoing because I just got yelled at by crew.
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) September 9, 2019