This “knee jerk reaction” shows that the “OBA is not a party that learns from their mistakes,” and the PLP “continues to call for joint comprehensive immigration reform rather than this piece meal approach,” Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said.
Mr Roban’s statement follows after the Government announced that they plan to make changes to the law to provide pathways to Permanent Residency and Bermuda status for some long-term residents.
The Government said they will amend the laws with changes to include any person who is ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 15 years becoming eligible to apply for permanent residency, and any permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 20 years becoming eligible to apply for Bermudian status.
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In response to the announcement, Mr Roban said, “In typical OBA fashion, Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy announced revised Immigration Policy that would award status to residents who have been in Bermuda over 20 years, and award PRC’s to those that have resided in Bermuda for 15 years.
“This knee jerk reaction, likely in response to the defeat at the polls, and in contravention of their pre-election promises, shows that the OBA is not a party that learns from their mistakes, but rather one that seems intent on repeating their mistakes with the goal of securing long term power.
“The Progressive Labour Party continues to call for joint comprehensive immigration reform rather than this piece meal approach being employed by the OBA government.
“We have expressed our intention and desire to work with the OBA government in developing immigration policy going forward, yet they have refused to extend their hands in the spirit of collaboration.
“The constituents of Devonshire North Central voted solidly for Diallo Rabain, in repudiation of the OBA’s Bermudians last policies. Premier Dunkley, Minister Fahy, and the OBA government would do well to listen to the people when they speak.”