National Security Minister Stuart Young has criticised Venezuelan activist Yesenia Gonzalez for “purposely” trying to confuse Venezuelans about the T&T Government’s upcoming migrant registration process.

hu­mans rights activist Ven­ez­uelan Yesenia Gonzalez

On an i95.5 FM programme yesterday morning, Gonzalez said Venezuelans who were registered as asylum seekers and refugees with the Living Water Community and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were not sure if they were still supposed to register in the ID exercise.

The ID registration process for Venezuelans will begin on Friday and will continue until June 14.

Once registered, Venezuelans will receive an identification card, which will allow them to work for one year.

Young was adamant that he made himself clear during a press conference on Friday that all Venezuelans currently in T&T- legal and illegal- had to participate in the process.

“At the end of the day, this is the Government of T&T who is governing Trinidad and Tobago. Living Water and the UNHCR is something completely separate,” he told i95.5FM via telephone.

“Whether you have registered with Living Water or UNHCR is completely irrelevant for this purpose. Come and register with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago,” Young urged.