Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister, Gary Griffith, says the 13 Jamaicans who were recently denied entry into that country, may have exaggerated the treatment they received.

The thirteen men and women were turned back on September 30, in the latest episode in the ongoing immigration row between the two countries.

The Jamaicans claimed they were forced to sleep on the floor, and denied access to food and bathroom facilities at the Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain.

But speaking on Nationwide This Morning, Minister Griffith says the claims may have been overblown.

Minister Griffith says statistics from the Immigration Department show that as at the end of September this year, there are over 19-thousand Jamaicans living illegally in T-and-T.

He’s encouraging those persons to come in to the authorities and attempt to regularize their status.

Gary Griffith, Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister, speaking on Nationwide This Morning.

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arnaldo Brown, says Trinidadian officials may have to do proper checks on those who are recruiting Jamaicans to that country for jobs.

Minister Brown says those who have promised Jamaicans jobs in T and T must follow the protocols established for their country.