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Video: Minister Walton Brown On Immigration Bill

Video: Minister Walton Brown On Immigration Bill

Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown held a press conference today [Oct 19] to address a “number of concerns that have been raised” about the Bermuda Immigration And Protection [No. 2] Act, which he said will be debated tomorrow in Parliament. Minister Brown said, “There has been a litany of comments made about what this Bill will provide... Read more of this article

‘Only Permitted The Agents To Minimally Assist’

‘Only Permitted The Agents To Minimally Assist’

The Department of Immigration has confirmed they “only permitted the agents to minimally assist the local agents,” with the Department also noting that they were “only made aware of the agents’ pending arrival when they were in flight to Bermuda; no prior notice or guidance was sought.” This follows after a Virgin Atlantic... Read more of this article

HRC Commissioner To Join Reform Committee

HRC Commissioner To Join Reform Committee

“In the interest of collaboration on human rights and immigration issues in the long term, the Minister has invited a Commissioner of the HRC to join the Immigration Reform Committee and the HRC has accepted this invitation,” the Ministry and HRC said today. The joint statement said, “Following public statements issued last week by... Read more of this article

Group Urge Govt To Withdraw ‘Unfortunate Bill’

Group Urge Govt To Withdraw ‘Unfortunate Bill’

The ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ group said they have “strong concerns about the Government’s recently tabled Immigration Bill, and said they “implore and urge the Government to withdraw this unfortunate Bill and to allow its Comprehensive Immigration Reform process to unfold.” A spokesperson said, “The... Read more of this article

Videos: OBA Call For Bill To Be Withdrawn

Videos: OBA Call For Bill To Be Withdrawn

The OBA has released four online videos addressing the recently tabled Immigration Bill, with Senator Andrew Simons, Senator Nick Kempe and MP Susan Jackson all calling for Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown to withdraw the Bill. Senator Andrew Simons said, “Minister Walton Brown has tabled an Immigration Bill in the House of Assembly. That Bill... Read more of this article

Immigration & Protection Amendment Act 2017

Immigration & Protection Amendment Act 2017

The Bill that was tabled in the House — the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment [No. 2] Act 2017 — is now available online, with the Bill seeking to amend the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956 and to make amendments to Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1981. Speaking in the House last Friday, Minister of Home Affairs... Read more of this article

Former Prisoner Deported Via Private Jet

Former Prisoner Deported Via Private Jet

A foreign national has been deported after serving a prison sentence, with officials confirming that the “deportee was transported via private jet due to associated security risks for transit via the UK, US or Canada.” Asked about suggestions that Kirk Mundy — a Jamaican national who was charged in the Rebecca Middleton case and was... Read more of this article

“What We View As An Unfortunate Proposal”

“What We View As An Unfortunate Proposal”

Following the tabling of the Bermuda Immigration [No. 2] Act 2017 in the House of Assembly, OUTBermuda wrote to the Minister saying they “would like to register our objection to what we view as an unfortunate proposal that will erode human rights protections to the detriment of everyone in Bermuda.”Bill Tabled In House In the House on Friday,... Read more of this article

Bipartisan Committee On Immigration Reform

Bipartisan Committee On Immigration Reform

Today [Oct 10] the Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown announced the names of the members of the newly-formed Bipartisan Committee on Immigration Reform. Those members are: PLP MP Renee Ming, PLP MP Christopher Famous, OBA MP Ben Smith and OBA MP Leah Scott, with Minister Brown Chairing the group. “Next month the Bipartisan Committee will engage... Read more of this article

HRC Urge Govt to Withdraw Immigration Bill

HRC Urge Govt to Withdraw Immigration Bill

[Updated] Following the tabling of the Bermuda Immigration [No. 2] Act 2017 in the House of Assembly, the Human Rights Commission said they are “steadfastly against the Government’s decision to table” the Bill, and urged the Government to “withdraw the tabled Bill to allow for proper consultation.”Bill Tabled In House In... Read more of this article

“Workers Need To Be Treated With Dignity”

“Workers Need To Be Treated With Dignity”

“We value the contribution of guest workers in this country,” Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown said, explaining that what is problematic is when employers “contrive to ensure that Bermudians do not get fair opportunities” or want “highly exploitable labour.” Speaking in the House of Assembly, Minister Brown said,... Read more of this article

Minister Tables Bermuda Immigration Act 2017

Minister Tables Bermuda Immigration Act 2017

In the House of Assembly today [Oct 6], Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown tabled a Bill that seeks to exempt the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956 from the primacy of the Human Rights Act 1981. Minister Brown said, “The bill entitled ‘Bermuda Immigration [No. 2] Act 2017′ seeks to amend section 8 of the principal Act... Read more of this article

BVI Family Temporarily Relocates To Island

BVI Family Temporarily Relocates To Island

[Written by Don Burgess] ‘Hurricane relief’ has been extended to a family of four from the British Virgin Islands who have been allowed to temporarily relocate to Bermuda, and the Department of Immigration confirmed they have processed 12 work permit applications from Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Department... Read more of this article