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A United States judge says she has noticed a “marked increase” in the number of Caribbean youths who have become “entangled” in the criminal justice system.

Addressing an activity here on Oct. 30 marking the 32nd Independence anniversary of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sharon Commissiong-Gianelli, a judge in the Nassau County, Long Island, District Court, said the “stakes have become even higher” for young people who are not U.S. citizens.

Between January and June of 2011, the United States carried out more than 46,000 deportations of the parents of U.S.-citizen children, according to previously unreleased federal data obtained by Colorlines.com’s publisher, the Applied Research Center. The figures reflect a striking increase in the rate of removals of parents and raise serious concerns about the impact of these deportations on children, many of whom are left behind.

Congress demanded two years ago that the Department of Homeland Security begin to compile this data by July 2010, but it had not been made available to the public. The Applied Research Center obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, this afternoon (Oct 25) swore in the Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers of Government at a ceremony at King’s House.

In his remarks following the appointments, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the Cabinet reflects the capacity of the representatives in Parliament and it also represents hard work, innovation and the new direction in which he plans to chart the government.

The Hon Bruce Golding, in his last national broadcast on the eve of his departure from the office of Prime Minister of Jamaica, Saturday night (October 22), challenged the nation to "find unity despite our diversity".

"No government, whether led by me, Andrew (Holness) or anyone else, can do it alone. Our chances of success lie in our ability to set aside our differences, to find unity despite our diversity and to coalesce behind a common set of objectives and the strategies to achieve them," Mr. Golding said.

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