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Fmr. legislator concerned about deportations in VI

- says US sending home wild!
Former legislator, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE, expressed concern recently that the Virgin Islands has a problem getting rid of persons who are "non-natives" and have become a nuisance to society. Photo: VINO/File
Mrs Parsons asked why every available space at Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut was filled with people who are not 'ours'. Photo: VINO/File
Mrs Parsons asked why every available space at Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut was filled with people who are not 'ours'. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith cited examples of instances where persons found guilty of having committed illegal acts and have served a sentence of three or more months are asked to leave the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith cited examples of instances where persons found guilty of having committed illegal acts and have served a sentence of three or more months are asked to leave the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former legislator, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE, expressed concern recently that the Virgin Islands has a problem getting rid of persons who are "non-natives" and have become a nuisance to society.

“Why do we have a problem of getting people out of our country if they become a public nuisance? America is sending home [persons] wild!” Parsons said during the NDP radio programme on October 7, 2013.

“How come we have every available space at [Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut] filled with people who are not ours?” Parsons asked.

Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith, in offering an explanation, said, “The reality is that once people enter this country legally, unless they commit some act that is against the law that our books require that they be asked to leave the country, then they can abide in this country legally and in peace just like the rest of us.”

Dr Smith cited examples of instances where persons found guilty of having committed illegal acts and have served a sentence of three or more months are asked to leave the Territory.

This information is usually published in the Virgin Islands Gazette, the official newspaper of the government of the Virgin Islands.

According to section 40(1)(b) of the Immigration and Passport Ordinance (Cap. 130), if at any time after a person, other than a person deemed to belong to the Territory, has landed in the Territory, it shall come to the knowledge of the Governor that the person has been convicted of any offence against the said Ordinance, or of any other offence within the Territory punishable with imprisonment for three months or more, the Governor may make an Order requiring the person to leave the Territory within the time fixed by the Order and thereafter to remain out of the Territory.

Dr Smith assured that this was being done on a routine basis. However, Mrs Parson stated that she had not heard of any “being sent anywhere recently”.

36 Responses to “Fmr. legislator concerned about deportations in VI”

  • Ah saw (09/10/2013, 07:54) Like (21) Dislike (14) Reply

    She needs to go pray & stop some of the mischief

  • Hmmm (09/10/2013, 07:57) Like (27) Dislike (13) Reply
    The quicker the government stop listening to this woman the better for them. As you get older you should become more for peace not constant war.
    • Fed Up (09/10/2013, 09:31) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
      How is she inciting war? Our country depends mainly on tourism. We need as peaceful an atmosphere so tourist would want to come into this country. If you come into this country for betterment then leave all your issues behind and contribute positively. If no positive contributions why do I need to entertain you.
      It seems like we expect the BVI to allow for anything and all will be well. Every other country do what they have to do to preserve their countries so do not expect anything less of us.
  • Reality check (09/10/2013, 08:10) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    I agree with you Miss P. NDP soft on expats but hates locals and that a fact!!!
  • agreed (09/10/2013, 08:54) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    You do the crime and get sentence. Send them home. You come to another man's country you have to conduct yourself or else you must leave. Do a check at the prison, many will be going back home.
  • please (09/10/2013, 09:01) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    This lady has done more over the years to divide this Territory than to unite it.
    • concern (09/10/2013, 10:16) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      i am really concern about this lady agenda...all she preach is hatred and segregation in a very disguised form!!!
      • Aright (09/10/2013, 11:48) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
        Ms. P got a right to say it like it is. People who are not from here want to come and dictate for us -- white people, Palestinian People, Asian People, Other Caribbean Islands People. It is time Virgin Islanders take up their authority in their own country. My children cannot go UK, Ramallah, Lebanon, Phillipines and Jamaica to get no job over their nationals. Until Virgin Islanders start to act and set what should obtain in this country, we are setting up ourselves for a fall, which many like myself will demonstrate against. Virgin Islanders, wake up and make your position be known.
    • o please (09/10/2013, 15:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      is she mary the mother of jusus a chapter a day keep the devil away
  • change (09/10/2013, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply

    Is just the mercies of God that have her alive and the quicker she accept that it will be better for
    her in the humble position she is in.

  • SHAME (09/10/2013, 09:13) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply

    She need to go and pray and ask God to have mercy on her. She need the mercies of God 100% in her life. She need to begin to love people including her c******n.

  • natured virgin islander (09/10/2013, 09:18) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    all you ride off lady parsons she is 100% correct with her statement if you are granted to opportunity to live here and you commit a crime ship you home too many people come from the bigger caribbean islands get a better life here assume we are stupid, do a crime and expect to stay send them home the BVI is heaven to alot of other caribbean Islands they want to be here do you see Virgin Islnders relocating any where in the Caribbean except for school
  • crazy (09/10/2013, 09:26) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    They talking about those committing crimes and not being deported. What about those who enter the Territory during August Festival and Music Fest and do not leave. Overstay their time and still looking work? There are Virgin Islanders here can't find work and people here who overstay working and getting paid under the table. Immigration and Labour needs to get their act together.
  • Dove (09/10/2013, 10:15) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    She needs to start preparing to meet her maker.
    • Opinion (09/10/2013, 13:35) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      People like you just hate the TRUTH. Just because Ms. P rightfully said that we give you all the first $100 all you vex!!! Ms. P. you keep on speaking your mind, you will be remembered for speaking your truth quietly and clearly. Back to the subject you are right, Government seem to pick and choose who gets deported!!!
  • She Forget (09/10/2013, 10:20) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply

    She Forget that her Driver Mr. Pope, rob from the Government and them letting him stay on the island. i dont mind he didnt get Jail time, but if she want ppl get deport she need to start in her circle first. Dance ah yard before you dance abroad

  • she wrong (09/10/2013, 13:15) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    hmp deport two spanish man sunday gone. She need to do some research. And if thats how she getting on. Them should have give pope jail time and deport him. Let she hire a local. I really dont like her no more
  • blend it . (09/10/2013, 13:19) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    all she need is a good island man in her life.i don't think she understand dance a yard before you go abroad I know that worman don't like island people some times past gone she were in the village and stage talking about island people never know hundred dollars and tell they came here in tola with her forward self .when you digging a hole .don't did one dig two. it is time for you to finish with politricks go pray
  • Preacher (09/10/2013, 14:30) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    BVI ISLANDERS need to wake up and smell the coffee,they always about who from hay and who's not,aren't you guys seeing how many ppl are leaving,nobody don't wanna stay here.
  • Hmm (09/10/2013, 15:16) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Isn't it the law that once you spent 2yrs or more in prison you get deported?
  • ReX FeRal (09/10/2013, 16:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. P has a point , But the premier is out of the loop with his reasoning about the three months bit. The law doesnt say that. It makes reference to ANY offense PUNISHABLE by three months or more.
  • SICKENING! (09/10/2013, 16:51) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tell me what the lady said wrong. I might have my issues with her but what did she say wrong? This happens in every country, even the places where you people bashing her came from. STOP IT MAN. If she had just say get rid of everyone I would understand. Most of my friends are from the other islands however if people causing a mess in your country why should you have to put up with it. Let somebody send them rude child in your house, thief yo money, rape yo daughter, and disrespect yo and then let me see you still welcome them. Nah man don't put them out, wait until they destroy you to! YOU people sickening. No man ain perfect but I love all the good people that come and try to make a life for themselves. Sorry, for the rest of these miserable waste of time. The blogs tell us and whole world what's taking place in this lil place. Even the blind can see.
  • Yeah Mon! (09/10/2013, 17:00) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ain Tolians alone causing divide, it have a breed of people that come here lately trying to turn all the other expats against the Tolians by telling them Tolians don't like island people. The same island people what they lived in peace with for 40-50 years. The Johnny Come Latelys playing a game of divide and conquer. And guess what you can stop trying so hard, you already won. All the other expats and Tolians fall for it, you have now turned them against each other. Island People, a word that was hardly ever spoken in this place now the Popular Word, especially on the blogs. Mess up your own country and come where the locals and expats were living peacefully all the time with all u badness. Such hatred in this place. Tortola gone to the dogs!
  • Down Island Man (09/10/2013, 18:33) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    if i had my two legs i would of give you all more talks and walks.
  • SeeingEyeDog (09/10/2013, 19:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    “The reality is that once people enter this country legally, unless they commit some act that is against the law that our books require that they be asked to leave the country, then they can abide in this country legally and in peace just like the rest of us.” Said Dr. Smith. The question is how much time do visitors get
    and what happens when their time is up. People enter a country for a set time, after which they are expected to leave. Virgin Islanders used to get 29 days in St Thomas, and people were regularly accosted on the street by immigration to make inquiry of their status. But it seems people come to the VI to stay indefinitely. Why can't we get an immigration policy?

    PS. Congrats on your OBE Mrs. Parsons.

  • ooooo (09/10/2013, 20:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    wasn't it she who begged for pope?
  • polo (10/10/2013, 12:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing is wrong with what Eliene said even the haters will agree GET A LIFE.
  • Knight Rider (10/10/2013, 15:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let me say how pleased I am,to be allowed to read such an interesting topic,on this democratic news site,in the free and democratic territory of her majesty's b.v.i, and let congratulate this distinguished citizen of her majesty-mrs eileen parsons, affectionately called miss P,because she served her majesty and her people with distinction and respect.I like miss P for her openness on social matters.She reminds me of me:And I wish to recognise section 40 of the immigration and passport ordinance,chapter 130 of her majesty's laws;to remind persons who do not belong to the V.I,that there are provisions in the b.v.i law,that if you commit a criminal offence in the b.v.i for which the penalty is 3 months imprisonment etc..you are subjected to deportation.That is the law of the land.I did not read on vino,anything bad,miss P said about expatriates or visitors. Miss P,I pray to god that I will be permitted to enjoy life healthily as you are doing as a senior citizen who served!We as bloggers should stick to the topic and stop wishing evil upon others whom we do not like personally;politically and otherwise; because when you wish evil on others,the same evil will return to you!The wonderful people of the BVI continue to welcome visitors to reside and work freely and happily,in the b.v.i without ethnic harassment; but if some expatriate break bvi laws,section 40 of the immigration ordinance directs that the governor may deport the person.It's the law...Deport them quickly! Don't keep in peaceful b.v.i...


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