Relatives of Venezuelan nationals currently in custody at the Erin Police Station, wait outside before seeing their loved ones who are being held there. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)
DEREK ACHONG

Only three of the group of 26 Venezuelan migrant children and their parents, who returned to Trinidad after being deported on Sunday, have been put in State quarantine pursuant to a court order granted, last night.

Guardian Media understands that while Justice Avason Quinlan-Williams ordered that the entire group be placed in quarantine for 14 days and released pending the determination of their legal challenge against their deportation, only a five-year-old boy, his sister and his mother were transferred from the Erin Police Station to the migrant detention centre at the Chaguaramas Heliport, this morning.

The family’s circumstances were directly highlighted by the group’s lawyers in the case before Quinlan-Williams.

The legal team are said to be currently making enquiries as to why officials chose to only place that family in quarantine and leave the rest detained at the police station, when Quinlan-Williams’ orders directed that all be transferred by 6 am today.

Under the order, Quinlan-Williams also granted an injunction blocking another attempt to have them repatriated pending the outcome of their case.

The case is scheduled to come up for virtual hearing at 7 pm.