‘Embrace Broader Issue Of Immigration Reform’

July 28, 2017

The “We Support Pathways” group congratulated the PLP for winning the election, Walton Brown on his appointment as Minister, and Patricia Gordon-Pamplin on her appointment as Opposition Leader, and said that while “Pathways was a good policy to embrace” they recognize that “this is not what any final immigration reform will look like”, so “will be known as ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ going forward.”

Support Pathway Group Bermuda July 28 2017 TC

A spokesperson said, “The individuals behind the “We Support Pathways” Facebook group and our members would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the PLP for winning the general election, Walton Brown on his appointment as Minister responsible for immigration and Patricia Gordon Pamplin on her appointment as Opposition Leader.

“We will continue to press the need for fair immigration reform and we will assist all public servants where we can. In the meantime, we wish the new Government well as they go forward to meet today’s challenges.

“We also wish to let the public know that our group will be changing its name to embrace the broader issue of immigration reform. While ‘Pathways’ was a good policy to embrace, we also recognize that this is not what any final immigration reform will look like. Therefore, we will be known as “Supporting Fair Immigration Reform” going forward.

“On a final note, many of our supporters have expressed fears about what a new Government means for immigration reform. While it is likely that ‘Pathways’ will not emerge in future, we do ask you to give the PLP a chance to come up with a policy.

“Many members of the new Government, including the new Immigration Minister, have opined in the past on the need to address certain humanitarian situations. Let’s also hope that the new Government doesn’t reinvent the wheel but builds upon the work of the group chaired by William Madeiros.”

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  1. O man says:

    Hopefully it’s not too late

    • Double S says:

      The only person who will be granted status is Rev. Tweed, who ironically was one of the ringleaders for the anti-immigration campaign. He must be rewarded for the work he put in over the last few years.

  2. Jus' Askin' says:

    Every case where someone was granted status, since Jan 1st 2013, should be investigated ;-) ;-)

    • iabingi says:

      Who about from 1998 ?

    • rich says:


    • Zevon says:

      Of course. Because some Bermudians want to feel superior to other Bermudians. They want them “investigated”.
      It’s like something out of a Kafka novel.

  3. Coffee says:

    If by chance you happen to find Fayhe , recruit him .

    I want the loophole sealed tight .

    If you want to enjoy all of the rights and privileges of a Bermudian , marry one .

    Reform should start with a certificate of marriage .

    • SNS says:

      Marriage?!! LOL! What a joke. Marriage for convenience…an even bigger joke!!

      Sounds like you’re looking for a wife/husband

  4. Sittin back laughin says:

    Wow! Would they have sung this song if the maestro was different

  5. puzzled says:

    In your face.

  6. George says:

    Humanitarian situations?????
    Go on YouTube and type in ‘air strikes in Syria’ or ‘Immigrant boat drownings’ and you’ll see humanitarian situations. Let’s just put that phrase into a bit of context here.

  7. cpm says:

    We or our ancestors all came from somewhere else so how far back should we go to investigate how we/they became Bermudian?

    • Zevon says:

      One generation would have our current Premier under investigation.

  8. Coffee says:

    First let’s seal that legal loophole .

    If you’d love to become a citizen , marry a citizen .

    Reform isn’t necessary .

    Britain is Brexiting .

    We don’t have to follow anything from Europe .

    • cpm says:

      So will the peoples’campaign march against non Bermudian Tweed getting status?

      • Quinton Berkley Butterfield says:

        He is married to a Bermudian and has been for many, many years…

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          Is he still married, doesn’t live with his wife and child. PLP has to look at the same as they would any other ‘marriage of convenience’ that they riled against, if he is isn’t in compliance with the immigration act, then he isn’t eligible, and he hasn’t been in compliance with the immigration act. Course that never stopped the PLP from applying double standards before.

        • cpm says:

          Does he meet the requirement of Colonel Burch of living together as a married cpouple

      • Coffee says:

        He married a Bermudian .

        He has Bermudian children .

        That’s why the former Govt. Failed in their bid to force him to leave .

        • Zevon says:

          Oh. Having Bermudian children should entitle someone to status?
          That was in Pathways, wasn’t it?

    • Zevon says:

      So Geneveve Tweed is definitely out then.

    • Watcher says:

      That may well be the new “policy” considering the majority of the married parliamentarians have married/are married to non-Bermudians, including past and present leaders.

  9. Not that simple says:

    Like it or not, this still has to be addressed. There are young people who have lived here their whole life, situations where some siblings have status and other don’t, people who have bermudian children who right now need to leave when the kids turn 18. This isn’t going away. How is our new government going to deal with this?

  10. bdaboy says:

    “If you want to enjoy all of the rights and privileges of a Bermudian , marry one .

    Reform should start with a certificate of marriage ”

    Oh good…I’ll marry my Canadian boyfriend, so he can live and work in Bermuda.

    Thank you for your support, coffee :)

    • Bullnoseh says:

      Marry a Bermudian but don’t worry about actually living with them. A sham marriage is good enough.

      • Ringmaster says:

        Very true. Sums up the present Immigration mess. Sad that children who cannot choose where they are born are the most likely to suffer.
        The irony of Bermudians saying many have gone to the UK as economic refugees. Lucky them as they have never paid UK taxes so why should they get any benefits. Time for the UK to throw them out.