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Cabinet approves $1.3M for immigration detention costs via Supplemental Appropriations

Cabinet approves $1.3M for immigration detention costs via Supplemental Appropriations

The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands met on February 9, 2022, and among other things decided that the funding for associated costs for temporary lodging, security services and meals for immigration detainees be provided via Supplementary Appropriations.

The amount approved was one million, three hundred and sixty-eight thousand, seven hundred dollars ($1,368,700.00), which is to be regularised in the next Scheduled of Additional Provision.

This was revealed in the Cabinet Post Meeting Statement published today, March 17, 2022.

Tender process waived

Cabinet also decided that the tender process, with respect to the selection of contractors to provide security services, meals and temporary lodging for persons held in detention by the Immigration Department, be waived.

The contractors were listed as Alfred Christopher dba ‘Hotel Castle Maria’; Top Priority Security Services Limited; D’Urville O. Carty dba ‘Top Brass Security Services’; Triple A Security Inc; Elton Leonard dba ‘Bobby's Market Place’; and Thecla Hopkins dba ‘Freedom Book Café’.

Cabinet noted that requesting a waiver of the tender process in such instances is unavoidable as they occur spontaneously and are therefore “unforeseeable and unplanned.”

His Excellency, the Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, chaired the Meeting held virtually. All Members were present, with the exception of the Attorney General, who was on annual leave.


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