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‘Fast Track' initiative postponed indefinitely - Premier Fahie

- Advised applicants to still complete necessary documents & submit
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced on his Premier’s Special Projects Facebook page that the Clear path to regularization: Residency and Belonger Status Programme from May 27 to 31, 2019, has been postponed indefinitely. Photo: Facebook
Premier Andrew A. Fahie made the announcement soon after speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Valley, Virgin Gorda (VG), at the Catholic Community Centre where he told members of the public that the initiative always had good intentions, however, the backlash is a political issue. Photo: Facebook
Premier Andrew A. Fahie made the announcement soon after speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Valley, Virgin Gorda (VG), at the Catholic Community Centre where he told members of the public that the initiative always had good intentions, however, the backlash is a political issue. Photo: Facebook
In announcing the postponement, Premier Andrew A. Fahie said, “Applicants are advised to complete the preparation of all necessary documents to apply and await further instructions due to possible reshaping of the programme.” Photo: Facebook
In announcing the postponement, Premier Andrew A. Fahie said, “Applicants are advised to complete the preparation of all necessary documents to apply and await further instructions due to possible reshaping of the programme.” Photo: Facebook
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – As the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government continues to hold consultations across to territory for feedback on the controversial ‘Fast Track Initiative’ seeking to regularise undocumented immigrants, the Premier last evening May 23, 2019, announced that the initiative has been postponed indefinitely.

Premier Fahie made the announcement soon after speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Valley, Virgin Gorda (VG), at the Catholic Community Centre where he told members of the public that the initiative always had good intentions, however, the backlash is a political issue.  

Pure Heart

“In respect to the people of the Virgin Islands and for the process of listening to their views and reshaping our agenda, the submission days for the ‘Clear path to regularization: Residency and Belonger Status Programme from May 27 to 31, 2019, has been postponed,” Premier Fahie wrote on the Premier’s Special Projects Facebook page soon after the VG meeting.

Further he said, “Applicants are advised to complete the preparation of all necessary documents to apply and await further instructions due to possible reshaping of the programme.”

Premier Fahie speaking at the Town Hall meeting said, “My government members have been verbal on [these] indifferent forums, and I don’t dictate their thoughts but there are certain things that I understand in life, growing up in a family where you had to change things… you cannot lead with emotions.” 

According to the Hon Fahie, once you set a goal and the goal comes from a pure heart and is one that will help people, “once the Lord knows your heart he fixes it,” he said to loud applause.

“By no stretch of the imagination, I want to tell you tonight, for me, most of what we’re taking up is political. Because if I did it in the fourth year you would have heard everyone say he looking votes,” the Leader of Government Business noted.

“If I did it in the third year you would have heard everyone said he knows election coming. If I do it in the second year you would have heard he start to look ahead, and we did it in the first year you hear what is the rush?” the Premier said to loud laughter and applause.

VIP Gov’t taking on issues – Premier

However, Premier Fahie noted that his administration has not shied away from taking on the tough issues in the territory and bringing solutions. He pointed out that banking will be returning to the people of Virgin Gorda after several months without any banking services.

“Those were not small negotiations, but we were hitting some dead ends,” he said in relation to the negotiation for Banco Popular to set up operation by August 2019.

Over the past two weeks, the Premier’s ‘Fast Track’ Residency & Belonger Status Regularisation Programme had faced protest and verbal backlash which resulted in the blocking of the 2nd and 3rd reading of amendments to the Immigration and Passport Act designed to kick the progress forward.

Premier Fahie in taking up suggestions from the community has said that one of the main reasons for seeking to address the issue of regularisation, is to unite the Territory to face unforeseen challenges that may lie ahead

13 Responses to “‘Fast Track' initiative postponed indefinitely - Premier Fahie ”

  • Stone Opposition (24/05/2019, 11:34) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow. Wish we had this stone opposition against Crime. This Stone opposition against the 7.2 Million. The Pier Park 40 plus million over Cost. ..Hope these same people will Give us this stone opposition against Crime and Violence in high and low places, that is what the BVI needs to be better.
  • ... (24/05/2019, 12:08) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
    disappointed he getting soft
  • Remember.. (24/05/2019, 12:20) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Remember Abraham Lincoln.... Learn about him..
  • question (24/05/2019, 12:41) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    If a police report is only valid for three months and the process has been delayed indefinitely, does that mean all of the applicants who have paid their report fee will be refunded?
  • @Question (24/05/2019, 14:20) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    The process is the process... if it’s invalid and you so want the rights you should have no issues reapplying for another one. The Government needs to also have you all bring a valid police record from your country as well so we have a clear picture of all individuals residing in the VI.
  • Food for thought (24/05/2019, 15:47) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    So if someone have been living here for twenty five years what is the reason for a police record from your place of birth after being here for that amount of years does that make sense just asking?
  • Quiet Warrior (24/05/2019, 15:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aesop Tortoise and Hare fable states: Slow and steady wins the race. Someone (John Ray?) recorded that haste makes waste. The Premier immediate regularization initiative was probably well intentioned but the haste and process was flawed. He should have consulted with the people, dotted I’s and crossed the T’s. Every managerial decision has opportunity cost, unintended consequences ……etc and every effort must be taken to minimize any fallout(s). The regrettable thing in this stumbling action is that people’s emotions were exercised.

    Moreover, immigration is an important but increasingly a hot button and divisive issue across the globe, ie, US, UK….etc. In fact, Theresa May just resigned as UK PM because of Brexit; the genesis of Brexit was about immigration. If I were the Hon Premier Fahie, I would appoint an ad hoc committee to review immigration and make recommendations. In politics, timing is important. An issue may not be sellable in January but may be December or it may sell not sell in 2019 but could in 2024.

    Further, from Day 1 of VIP taking hold of power, I suggested that the Premier conduct routine operations and initiate a stand down to capture the current conditions on the ground before ploughing full speed ahead. Situational analysis completed, a strategic national development plan ebooks ve developed; the national development plan should be the blueprint from which government operates. In fact, the VIP should have had a rough national development plan in hand even before taking hold of power. All it would have to do was smooth it out and complete the fleshing out. A pilot does not leave an airport without a flight plan or a captain leave port without a float and a national leader lead without a strategic national development plan. Leading and making decisions from the seat of the pants/skirt is disastrous. Squandered political capital is hard to regained
  • Three Eyed-Raven (24/05/2019, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Premier of the Virgin Islands, on a scale one through ten I give you 4.9, 49% with an option to re-sit.

    The subject matter incorporates both levels micro and macro sociology... it deals with various levels of individual agency, and interaction of systems at a macro level. Firstly, an empirical investigation is necessary followed by critical analysis. Simply put, this provides a body of knowledge regarding acceptance of change.
    To be continued!
    Suggestion: use your indigenous masses to conduct field work free of cost.

  • Eagle and Buffalo (25/05/2019, 07:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Premier is off to a rocky, sputtering start. He is playing politics and trying to please too many people too quickly. The people wanted change and voted for change so take your time and plan the change, effective change. The electorate is very astute and knows that some change will take time to do it right. Hon Premier, Rome was not built in a day; slow and steady wins the race. In the race to demonstrate that the VIP under your leadership is head and shoulders above the former government, the engine is misfiring and sputtering. Olde boy, lay out a plan and follow the plan; plan the work and work the plan. Without a vision, without a strategic and long-term plan, the VI is just a ship adrift in the rough seas. Honestly, it is hard to grasp what your plan of action is, for you are all over the map. First impressions are important but the first few months are not a good case study of how to; well, it may be a case study in how not to. All residents wants government to succeed so get it all in one sock. Stop the seat of the pants action. Hon Premier, you got to control and contain the valence electrons.

    Let’s lead like eagles, not careen off the cliff like buffaloes.
  • SMH (25/05/2019, 13:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    While we are at it, politicians must understand that this nonsense of circumventing the process by giving first, second and third readings simultaneously MUST STOP!!!! Doing the people’s business requires politicians to CONSULT with the people, especially on matters that stand to affect us and future generations significantly.
    How can we ever forget the way the previous leaders hoodwinked us all, and so often, by rushing through bills. Such educated men and women they were, yet still we are now paying for the unwise decisions they made. And they don’t care because they lined their pockets well.
    When will we ever learn?
  • Whiteman teachings (27/05/2019, 10:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This has nothing to do with politics just pure hatred


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