Walter Roban is “calling for comprehensive immigration reform,” Marc Bean said there will be “no collaboration with the Government,” and Walton Brown is “calling for civil disobedience,” said Sylvan Richards, adding that “just who is speaking for the PLP is something people should ask the PLP to make clear.”
Mr Richards — the Junior Minister of Home Affairs — said, “PLP spokesman Walter Roban is calling for comprehensive immigration reform in response to the Government’s comprehensive immigration reform proposals.
“In addition, he says the PLP wants to “work with the OBA Government” in developing immigration policies going forward.
“Mr. Roban may be sincere in his words, but he is not the only person speaking for the Opposition. His leader, Mr. Marc Bean, is on record saying there will be “no collaboration” with the Government.
“And his colleague, Mr. Walton Brown who was recently fired as Shadow Minister for Home Affairs by Mr. Bean, is calling for civil disobedience on the proposals.
“Just who is speaking for the PLP is something people should ask the PLP to make clear.
“In the meantime, the Government has put forward proposals to end once and for all the piecemeal failures of UBP and PLP governments to put in place a fair and sustainable solution to the question of Bermudian status.
“The proposals will welcome into the Bermudian family people who have been part of our community for 20 years or more. They will end unjust regulations that divided families and left in limbo people who were born here or came at a very young age.
“In addition, the proposals will help Bermuda manage a serious demographic crisis that threatens our ability to support health insurance and pension plans that so many Bermudians rely on for their well being.
“The planned changes are the right thing to do – for the many people who have lived and worked alongside us for decades, for the innocent who are victimized by unfair regulations and for the Bermudian people as a whole, who will benefit from this strengthening of our social and economic fabric.”