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‘Born your children them here’ – Julio S. Henry

- Said Premier Andrew A. Fahie's comment about VIslanders birthing children outside of territory was a dose of reality
‘Hard Talk’ radio host, Julio S. Henry in the Tuesday, May 21, 2019, edition of his show on Tola Radio VI, implored Virgin Islanders to make children in the Territory. Photo: Facebook
According to Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), his Government is willing to respect the voices of the people of the Virgin Islands so that common grounds can be found on the issue of immigration. Photo: Facebook
According to Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), his Government is willing to respect the voices of the people of the Virgin Islands so that common grounds can be found on the issue of immigration. Photo: Facebook
The petition, which had garnered 82 signatures, urged Premier Fahie to not go forward with the process until he discusses the issues with the “indigenous” and already regularised population of the Territory. Photo: www.ipetitions.com
The petition, which had garnered 82 signatures, urged Premier Fahie to not go forward with the process until he discusses the issues with the “indigenous” and already regularised population of the Territory. Photo: www.ipetitions.com
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Since its announcement, the Virgin Islands Party’s (VIP) ‘Fast Track Initiative’ rolled out by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has been sparking an ongoing immigration debate over the need to protect the rights of indigenous Virgin Islanders while regularising immigrants who now call the Virgin Islands (VI) home.

The extent of the debate and division was further highlighted at a May 20, 2019, Town Hall Meeting, called by the Government to get some feedback from the public in an exchange where the Leader of Government Business, Hon Fahie noted that suggestions will be taken up by his VIP administration as they seek to chart a way forward in a manner that will be beneficial for everyone.  

Hard Talk’ radio host Julio S. Henry, in dissecting the conversations and debates at the Town Hall Meeting, noted that one of the issues brought to the forefront was the fact that locals were making children overseas, yet attacking immigrants who come to the VI and do the same.

This he said, as highlighted by the Premier, is a growing issue as in the next couple of generations the status of indigenous Virgin Islanders and possibly Belonger status could be wiped out.

Demise of BVialnders 

“Some people felt that the Premier was a little harsh, when he dose out a little portion of reality, he spoke about that we BVIslanders also are contributing to our own demise, when many [and] some of us, are having our kids and we’re having generation of kids outside of the BVI,” he told the listening audience on the Tuesday, May 21, 2019, edition of his show on Tola Radio VI.

Further, Mr Henry continued, “At one point down the road if you look at the British Nationality Act, if you look at the Belonger status, it talks about… different ways you could be considered a Belonger.”

He pointed to instances where if the grandparent is an Indigenous BVIslander, their grandchildren can receive Belonger status and citizenship in that case.

“The Premier made a very wise [observation]… it was a little harsh dose of reality but its [a] true scenario. Two three generations from now, some of us have kids, your kids have kids, their kids have kids outside of the territory [and] eventually there is no more BVislsnader, that's the reality,” he said.

Make Children in VI – Henry

When the VI House of Assembly (HoA) last met on May 17, 2019, there was a protest from a handful of persons against the ‘fast track’ Residency & Belonger Status Regularisation Programme where they succeeded in blocking the 2nd and 3rd reading of an act designed to kick the progress forward.

The petition, which had garnered 82 signatures, urged Premier Fahie to not go forward with the process until he discusses the issues with the “indigenous” and already regularised population of the Territory.

According to Mr Henry, “So the moral of that story is to have your kids in the BVI, born your children them here, your future is here, build the country and some of us are fighting against others who are migrating to the Virgin Islands, have established themselves, got married whether it was to a BVIslander or not…  they decide to start a family, to go through the process, they get Belongership. How are we going to fight against that?”

Further, he said some people were a bit offended at the Premier's sentiments, however, “it also means that you lose your cultural connection.”

19 Responses to “‘Born your children them here’ – Julio S. Henry ”

  • Well Well! (23/05/2019, 10:30) Like (38) Dislike (20) Reply
    “Born your children them here “

    What on earth is that? You locals make humans sick with your garbage, trash, refuse...
    • Kingfish (23/05/2019, 11:33) Like (47) Dislike (8) Reply
      @ Well Well:

      You are so right, it is sickening to have to listen and read the garbage that is being spoken by some elected officials and these so called talk show hosts. You cannot BORN your children, you give BIRTH to your children. As a Virgin Islander, I am ashamed of the way our people speak. The Virgin Islands are not hidden in some isolated corner of the Caribbean, we are on the international front, known all over the world and our citizens should be our ambassadors providing well defined, articulate topics using the proper English language.
    • HAHA (23/05/2019, 18:16) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Don’t talk about the commercials/advertisements which are created sometimes...I don’t understand why an overemphasis is placed on speaking like that. Of course an accent may be heard, but that doesn’t mean proper English can’t be utilized. Oh well, to each his own. Proceed as usual lol
  • l (23/05/2019, 10:58) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    He right.
  • Hmmm (23/05/2019, 11:53) Like (19) Dislike (14) Reply
    Whoever decides to have their children in the US did so based on the laws of the Virgin Islands which permits a BVI belonger to have their children wherever they chose because they are given the rights of their generations. I do not see why the leaders would make this an issue when the law permits it. This happens in a number of jurisdictions, including other Caribbean islands. My friend is from St Vincent and has two children born in the BVI and her children has St Vincent Passports and BVI passports, so I do not understand why it is being made to believe that this is only done by BVI belongers. The law permits such, so let us debate the real issues and stop trying to punish BVI belongers for doing what the law permits.
    • l (23/05/2019, 13:25) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, our children born in the US can get BVI passports, but when those children turn around and have their children in the US it gets more complicated. After a couple generations, they have no rights here.
    • Legit (23/05/2019, 14:41) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Thank you for your post. This is exactly why we should be careful who represents us. Talking to us like we stupid. All of a sudden we don’t where or children are born. We don’t know what our rights are!? Sam you worry about your US douse and kid.
  • Lilly (23/05/2019, 11:57) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Julio, where were your children born?
  • west (23/05/2019, 12:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    he had his five minutes in the sun shine already now NEXT
  • Windy (23/05/2019, 12:35) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    "born your children them here" ??? is this the type grammar being taught ?
    • hah (23/05/2019, 18:42) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      When our former Minister of Education using and promoting Dat Mek Sense and Leh We do dis Ting what did we really expect.
  • musa (23/05/2019, 13:25) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply

    glad you all know he is useless
  • DOG SICK (23/05/2019, 18:32) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Y'all make the damn dog sick...you have with your false pride killed BVI culture. You know exactly what Sam is saying but you prefer to attack his vernacular rather than contribute in a positive way to the topic of discussion. Best dressed Chicken ah de favorite draws no such criticism...even if you is not a madda. Ayo fulla F..k.
    • Puppy Dog (23/05/2019, 20:58) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Dog Sick: You are an idiot.
    • SMH (24/05/2019, 05:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree with your Sentiments! They are well aware of what the man is saying, but unfortunately, the irony of making mockery gets the betterment of them. Too much darn negativity and little common Verbatim.
  • Jessica Jones (24/05/2019, 09:20) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Born your children them here! No. We hear of the HORROR stories coming from Peebles Hospital. Born your children in St Vincent, Guyana, Grenada etc. don't worry they will have more rights than who born here.
  • Observer (24/05/2019, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am fed up with the radio announcers too; from morning devotions to evening programs and especially commercials with accents of other Caribbean nationals. ZBVI news announcers who pronounce words ending with 'ment' as 'munt' and ads that change 'hormone' to 'harmone'. Truth be told, if some persons were not bringing the word of God, I would turn the radio off. It is time to clean up our act. And while I am at it, a particular announcer who uses his time slot to bash Christian beliefs; he needs to pay for a slot and not use the one he is paid for to spew his venom/beliefs. The whole world is listening.
  • There you go (24/05/2019, 10:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI getting exactly what they deserve....evil...wicked..monsters. The whole world is beginning to wake up from the slavery indoctrination....keep sleeping and talking sh.t.
  • truthseeker (28/05/2019, 16:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not bashing this but everyday that pass I see being born in the virgin islands is more of a fight for your own right because no one cares.

    And nothing gets done


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