How many illegal weapons are going to be allowed to come into this country before the current administration puts security measures in place to stop the flow? Local government elections took place yesterday and general elections are around the corner, but no one is seriously addressing the problem we have at the border.

The Police Social and Welfare Association says it is angered by Saturday’s shooting in which hairdresser Natoya Christian, 40, and 50-year-old Sgt Roger Williams were killed at D’Style Mall, Charlotte Street, Port of Spain.

Williams, of Serraneau Road, Belmont, was moonlighting at a nearby casino and had his personal gun. He didn’t get a chance to use it when gunmen opened fire on a group of limers at around 7 p.m.. The killers were reportedly after a man from Beetham Gardens. Christian, the mother of three of Mentor Alley, Laventille, was celebrating her birthday.

Members of the association, at a press conference on Sunday, also said they were alarmed at the number of illegal firearms on the streets and attributed the illegal firearms to T&T’s “porous borders and ports by air, land and sea”.

Thousands of illegal immigrants are continuing to pour into Trinidad and Tobago with no system in place or desire from the government and even opposition to stop the flow. They had many opportunities to secure the borders, but not much has been done by either political party. Our lives and the lives of our children are at stake.

It appears that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago possesses no will or desire to do what it takes to secure the borders. The same politicians are singing the same old songs: we will soon be putting policies in place to secure the borders. We all know that nothing will ever be done due to various reasons. It’s all nonsense.

We could easily secure the border if we had the political will to do so, but the current crop of politicians have shown no desire to do what it takes to stop the flow of people and illegal weapons into the country. We need a new political party with leaders that are willing to do what it takes to secure this country now. As long as we keep voting into power the same old politicians, innocent people will continue to be shot, robbed and killed.

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