Group Express Concern With ‘Lack Of Progress’

May 23, 2019

The “Supporting Fair Immigration Reform” group have expressed concern “with the lack of progress being made in regards to immigration reform.”

A spokesperson said, “The individuals behind the ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ Facebook group and our members would like to express concern with the lack of progress being made in regards to immigration reform.

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“In January, the Minister of National Security Wayne Caines advised the public that the latest report from the bipartisan Immigration Reform Group would be considered by the Cabinet. He also provided a timeline of July 2019 to have the key elements of immigration reform debated and passed in the House of Assembly. This deadline has also been repeated by other PLP MPs.

“As of today, we have yet to hear what the Government’s plan is for immigration reform other than looking at the categories of work permits. If the Minister expects to keep his word and have the key elements passed by the end of this parliamentary session, it should be public knowledge by now of what is expected of immigration reform especially if there is to be public consultation. All that is ever mentioned is that they are in the consultation process.

“Consultation seems to be where immigration reform has stood for years. In 2016, the first consultation group was put together. Now in 2019, we are still in the consultation process. There is only so much consultation that can take place before our leaders need to commit to resolving an issue. Endless consultation on the same topic and ideas will become repetitive and contributes nothing to advancing the debate. If we do not move on from consultation there will never be a resolution.

“As we come closer to the end of this legislation session and with the activities being planned to commemorate the arrival of Portuguese immigrants, we would have expected by now that this Government would have made much more progress on immigration reform.

“This promise was a part of the Government’s electoral platform. The best way to honour this community is to embrace substantive action on such an important policy file. It is surreal that the Government can mark a holiday to celebrate a group of immigrants but fail to expeditiously resolve the issue of divided immigration status within families, which affects that very community so disproportionately. This holiday for many Portuguese is seen as a consolation prize when it should be a celebration of their inclusion into our Bermudian community.

“We once again implore and urge the Government to fulfill its own stated promise of comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform to correct the injustices and divisions that exist within many families in Bermuda and to not let this holiday pass without concrete action.”

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  1. sandgrownan says:

    Honestly, really, what did you expect from the PLP?

    They know they answer, but they lack the cahones to tell their base that they were lied to during the election.

    Bitcoin Dave is off in Toronto avoiding the difficult decisions.

    • Real Talk says:

      You forget very fast the obaUBPee was concerned more with a sailboat race & were to afraid to do anything with Status Crew. Did you find another leader or you still believe JetGate Craig will help you win the next election? LOLOL

      • sandgrownan says:

        And it appears that all the PLP is concerned with is preserving the draconian, parochial immigration status quo that is slowly strangling Bermuda.

        17 of 21 years. And nothing but failure to show for it.

      • Clueless Amareur Clowns says:

        LOL. So what have PLP come up with that is better than that sailboat race? Increasing your cost of living is what. Lucky you.

      • Double S says:

        The intellectual depth of the PLP talking heads is on full display above and below.

        No wonder they love you as their base.

      • truthertz says:

        Can you name three areas of Bermudian life that has improved since the PLP has taking power?

        it can’t be the cost of living as they have ensured that will increase substantially with all their tax and fee hikes.

        It can’t be education as noted by the various issues that exist.

        It definitely isn’t public transportation or track pick up.

        It can’t be healthcare as the PLP just ensured that all private insurance premiums have jumped by at least 15% this year alone.

        I just can’t see what you guys see. Please help me understand.

      • Question says:

        Er no. Every time the OBA tried to deal with it you surrounded Parliament. Every time they held meetings to talk about it you brought rentamob and closed the meeting down. You hate progress, basically.

      • Marly says:

        “You forget very fast the obaUBPee was concerned more with a sailboat race”

        And you’ve forgotten that your ‘pee el pee’ only wants to remove rights from some bermudians.
        You have no leg to stand on, you’re nothing but a homophobic racist.

        Enjoy your $14 tomato

      • Iggrunce says:

        LOLOL good luck buying tomatoes!

    • Smith says:

      I expected this and that’s why I voted PLP.

      You seem to have forgotten the beaten your party received 25 plp 11 oba.

      • sandgrownan says:

        17 of 21 years. 17 years of failure, incompetence and grift.

        It’s not a team sport.

      • Clueless Amareur Clowns says:

        And how’s that working out for you? Bet your pay check is a lot smaller now. LOL

  2. Milkshake says:

    give him some more Titty Milk

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    Face facts, there is no political appetite for immigration reform. The last attempt at any meaningful reform resulted in the closure of Parliament by the People’s Campaign.

    • Swing Voter says:

      BULLS EYE…………BERMUDIANS DON’T WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • bluenose says:

        Do you speak for all Bermudians?

      • sandgrownan says:

        And that’s why Bermudians are strangling the life out their own economy.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        No , not ALL Bermudians . Just those who are afraid that this will somehow dilute their vote. They’re also the same people who can’t understand the connection between our economy and the importance having guest workers brings to the big picture.

      • Please don't speak for me says:

        There are many Bermudians that do and it will come to pass one way or another.

        Just wait and see.

        I would be trying to win the favor of those that will rightfully get citizenship–so they reward the party in the next election–not punish it for holding back basic rights.

  4. sandgrownan says:

    Interesting reading from Cayman:

    ”Recent history has proven the paradigm that unemployment and work permits are negatively correlated. As work permits have increased to record levels, so unemployment has sunk to historic lows”

  5. aceboy says:

    The funny part in all of this was that when the OBA was in power the PLP organized marches with people waving signs and protestors calling for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

    They didn’t understand what that actually meant and either were told, or assumed, it was legal-speak for “Out with Foreigners”.

    Now that the PLP are in Government those same marchers and protestors have been extremely quiet. I wonder why……..

    • hmmm says:

      Maybe because my PEOPLE don’t vote UB PePe aka Oba anymore :)

      • sandgrownan says:

        And Bermuda is circling the drain you halfwit.

      • Double S says:

        Your ‘people’ voted for higher taxes and less economic activity/growth.

        Congrats, you guys must be sooo proud.

      • Iggrunce says:

        Yay for you – I’ll check back in 10…

      • aceboy says:

        Exactly. If it was proposed by the OBA you and your friends did everything and anything to shut down the debate.

        We need Immigration reform, and the smart people in your party realize it. But the PEOPLE you refer to think that such reforms are actually to keep people out, not to bring people in.

        This is the ironic dilemma that the PLP leadership has. How do they attract people here when they promised voters to keep people out? A tangled web, no?

  6. Marly says:

    The government you voted for are only concerned with removing marriage rights from some Bermudians. Why did you expect them to do anything else? They ran on a platform of removing rights from some people, and the electorate loved it.
    This speaks volumes about Bermuda.

    • Bermudian says:

      Like the OBA did something different for the LGBT. You make a man laugh. The OBA had the votes in the house to give you all the bells and whistles but no they did nothing.

      The present leader of the OBA might I add didn’t even support SSM. Stop the BS please. Even the Milkman didn’t support it and he was the Premier at the time. Go cry at the river.

      • sandgrownan says:

        They were wrong too on that particular point. Those of us in favour of SSM, don’t see it as a team sport.

        The fact that homophobic, bigoted, conservative Bermudians don’t see that, explains everything.

      • Question says:

        The OBA held a vote, and people didn’t turn out for it.
        The OBA did not try repeatedly to restrict human rights and make us the laughing stock of the civilised world.

      • Marly says:

        So, what you’re saying is…the PLP is NO BETTER than the OBA, you’re one in the same. Same ideology, same homophobic, xenophobic hatred.
        Not something to brag about, but you did anyway LOL

  7. me says:

    I guess they are busy working on the bus schedule

  8. mixitup says:

    If you are passionate then get a coalition of the willing and March on the Hill.. But first understand that immigration in this land has been abused for generations, and it’s documented. If it takes a year or three to meticulously review every aspect of it, I’m good for it..Any immigration reform should not be generous.. The immigration on this island is not immigration of exiled people or people seeking asylum or running from persecution, it had been a tool used (and I will repeat) abused to politically/not naturally shape this landscape… So I will wait patiently for my elected Gov’t to properly review it…rather than shove it down the throats of the populace for political reasons. Dec 02, 2016 comes to mind.

    I will leave you with this… Not Everyone sitting with their hand out for some form of status deserves it.. Good citizen or not, if you cheated your way into this country via work permit favors/extentions, sham marriage, overstaying, submitting fraudulent documents, even if you have Children, I don’t believe you should be rewarded with any form of status (As they say, the chicken will come home to roost) Sure there are many deserving folks, no doubt, I would ask them to be patient, as I put MUCH more trust in this current Gov’t to come to a fair conclusion….Not a Generous conclusion, a fair one.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Yeah , right . It was used so successfully that the people you blame for all your problems and hate are still in the (large) minority .

    • aceboy says:

      Too busy to go marching for an afternoon and be entertained by the Gombeys.

  9. LaVerne Furber says:

    There must be at least one member of the “Supporting Immigratiin Reform” group who has the courage of his/her convictions. Why the cloak of secrecy?

    • Ringmaster says:

      More to the point, why aren’t you asking your Government why they haven’t proceeded with Comprehensive Immigration Reform you were marching and screaming for under the OBA?