A passenger who was booted off the vessel was told by a Balearia employee that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency ordered anyone traveling without a U.S. visa or a police record to disembark, WSVN reported.
Since he took office in 2016, Mr Trump has made multiple efforts to stem the inflow of migrants, mainly from Central America, and previously made similar statements about immigrants from Mexico, suggesting they were "rapists" who would bring "drugs" and "crime".
Sawyer, who said he volunteers with a search and rescue team on Abaco, first got out with the US Coast Guard, but he went back for his family and his fiancee, who has a muscle disorder. "Everybody needs totally proper documentation", Trump said before he flew to North Carolina to inspect hurricane damage and speak at a political rally.
He was quoted as saying that the body count is not the priority.
"We're there to facilitate and accommodate that process in an orderly fashion, according to regulation and protocol".
Evacuees wait for transportation to leave Marsh Harbour Port on Abaco Island.
"It is my hope that every member of the United Nations will step up and join us as we do everything we can to support our friends in the Bahamas as they recover", Scott wrote to U.N. Secretary-General António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres. "They did not do that".
Earlier in the afternoon on Monday, Trump's acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan told reporters in a press briefing that the agency was processing entrants without documentation.
"This is already a humanitarian crisis; it need not turn into a refugee crisis if the displaced survivors can find shelter near their original communities or in less affected parts of the Bahamas", said Anne Richard, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration in the Obama Administration. "If she can get around family members, we can take better care of her".
The comments were widely denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike. They also said on Saturday alone, approximately 1,500 evacuees were processed in West Palm Beach and allowed into the U.S.
Police in the Bahamas are calling for the public to register the details of the many people still missing.
The official death toll, which stood at 43 on Friday, was expected to rise sharply. By the time it struck the Abacos Islands in the northern Bahamas at 5:00 AM on September 1, 2019, Dorian had become a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of over 150 miles per hour.
Normally, hurricanes blow through the Bahamas in a matter of hours.
In Rocky Creek, a settlement of a few families on the east end of battered Grand Bahama island, members of the Reckley family picked through what remained of almost a dozen homes that had been inhabited by their extended family.
An estimated 70,000 people have been left without a roof over their heads.