Audio: Government Withdraws Immigration Bill

March 21, 2016

The Bermuda Government officially withdrew the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment Act 2016 this morning [March 21], with Junior Minister Sylvan Richards making the statement in the House of Assembly.

Mr Richards said, “Mr. Speaker, I seek your indulgence to suspend standing order number 14, the order of business to enable me to withdraw the bill entitled the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment Act 2016.

“On the provision of standing order 48, I move that the bill entitled the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment Act 2016, listed as item 11 on orders of the day under my portfolio be discharged and withdrawn.”

Audio of Mr Richards asking for the Bill to be withdrawn:

This follow after a five day long protest over the proposed ‘Pathways’ immigration legislation, which saw people gather on the House grounds for five days, and resulted in the Government agreeing to withdraw the Bill and “enable further community input” into immigration reforms.

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  1. Gym Leader says:

    Great!!!!

  2. San George says:

    Any goodwill you had has been destroyed!

  3. So Tired says:

    Did not the protesters get the memo?

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Sooner or later Pathways has to be dealt with. Bermuda has to comply with international conventions.

    Back it goes for more talk & tweaking but the result will essentially be the same.

  5. Jus' Askin' says:

    Why didn’t the Minister himself ask for the bill to be withdrawn? Hmmmmmmm :-D

  6. Boston Baked Bean says:

    It’s about time that the government came to the realization that it’s the people that voted them in and the people are the ones that should have the final say. This is NOT a dictatorship !

    • Truth is killin' me... says:

      Goes for both parties inna?!

    • hmmm says:

      and these people standing there are pure PLP. So they didn’t vote the OBA in.

      Yet the OBA care about them…

      • clearasmud says:

        The government has the same responsibility to everyone regardless of party membership or support!

    • 1 minute says:

      1) I guess you don’t understand how politics work
      2) I bet that the protesters weren’t the people that voted them in
      3) Bermuda WILL have to deal with this to allign with international conventions

  7. Farmer Brown says:

    What is going on in our sweet Bermuda??

    Mr. Governor, Commissioner of Police and Min. of National Security will these event be fully investigated with a view of enforcing “The Law.” What example are we setting for those young people in our community? Are we condoning crime?

    I agree that the police was in a very difficult position and should be commended. I am not sure that I can say the same for the Governor and Commissionor tho.

    Certianly at least Mr. Furbert and Mr. Tweed can and should be prosecuted. The evidence is clear. There are others that can be prosecuted as well including MP Walton Brown who called publicly for this unlawful behavior.

    To protest is one thing but to break the law is another. Certainly the police has not excuse now not to act. This event was witness by a numbers of officers we can testify, there are plenty video and photo evidence to support any charge. The offenders should be bold enough to stand before a Court and say “yes I did it.”

    1. A group of people blocked the East Broad Way “Highway,” (committing offences) nothing happened. The Commission of Police Stated that a file would be prepared and sent to the Director of Public Prosecution, to date it would appear that nothing has happened.

    2. A group of people forcefully ceased the House of Parliament and the Supreme Courts by forming a human chain around it, preventing members of the Parliament and the Courts from conducting their consitutional and lawful duty. To have the Chief Justice standing outside of the Court, forcefully being prevented from entering court, does not argue well for the justice syste if nothing is done about it.

    3. Mr. Dunkley the signing of that document as its relates to not prosecuting members of the protesting groups who blatantly committed several offence at such a level is not lawful. For the following reasons:
    a) You were forced to make that decision at the time.
    b) You do not have the legal authority to do so. The decisions to prosecute matters in Bermuda is that of the Director of Prosecution after being investigated by the police. This is so to prevent the same situation as mentioned above. There should not be any interference of the judicial system by government (it should be strictly independent).

    4. Your Excellency the Governor and Mr. Commissioner of Police you have a duty under the law to fully investigate this matter and present the facts to the DPP for prosecution.

    The inference will be drawn that if no legal action is taken in these matters, then, no legal action should be taken in any other criminal matter in Bermuda. Are we saying to the people of Bermuda that because you do not agree with an issue or you are upset that you should take the law into your hand? If my employer make a decision that I don’t agree with should I get a few friends and hold up the establishment for a few days (even at gun point)?

    The constitution is clear we all have a right to protest, however, the protest MUST be “LAWFUL”. The law is also clear that the Governor, Commissioner of Ploice and the Director of Public Prosecutions have certain “INDEPENDENT” duties. This duties must me done without “FEAR” or “FAVOR”. You have sworn to that.

  8. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Eat humble Pie.Realize that its the taxpayers money that pays your bills,the people vote you in ,or, out of Government.You can walk around in stovepipe leg suits and pointed toe shoes,pads in your suits and long ties looking like pinoccio if you want ,but at the end of it,we the people are going to take you down to size ,whether you be black or white.Take your nose in the air and putting on airs self and begone.

  9. Sad says:

    WHO KNOWS IT FEELS IT…N THE PRC’S ARE NOT FEELING IT!!!

  10. steve says:

    PRC,s are mostly over 40 and have had many disappointments and doors closed in their faces and have “felt it” some feel it now.Most PRC’s worked hard in school or worked their tail off in their profession and in many cases both.Most were taught to blame themselves for your failures,learn and press on. And most are compassionate and caring.
    This is a non Topic and a continuation of the back and forth that helps no one.