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Hon Fraser criticises Gov't's approach to immigration reform

- says immigration should be dealt with in constitution & not legislature
Third District Representative and Member of the Opposition, Hon Julian Fraser RA has criticised the approach to immigration reform by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP Government. Photo: VINO/File. Photo: Facebook/File
Calling the Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) approach to issues and immigration reform as one with a ‘band-aid,’ the Member for the Third, Hon Julian Fraser in his striking criticisms said there are too many things under the current administration that are slipping and getting out of hand. Photo: VINO/File
Calling the Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) approach to issues and immigration reform as one with a ‘band-aid,’ the Member for the Third, Hon Julian Fraser in his striking criticisms said there are too many things under the current administration that are slipping and getting out of hand. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Progressives United (PU) and Third District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Julian Fraser, RA, has criticised the sitting Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government's approach to immigration reform, saying the passing of new legislation to fix issues rather than addressing matters from a constitutional perspective is of concern to him.

Calling the Government's handling of immigration reform as one of temporary solutions, the Member for the Third District, in his striking criticisms, said there are too many things under the current administration that are slipping and getting out of hand.

“You try to address them and addressing some of these pressures through legislation is only a Band-Aid," he said.

Fast Track a ‘one-off’ initiative – Hon Fraser

Hon Fraser, in pointing to constitutional reform, said that is the only real way the VI can solve its dilemma of third and second generation offsprings of Virgin Islanders born outside the territory and wanting to gain legal status.

“I’m glad that this is a one-off and it has a date,” he said concerning the ‘Clear path to regularisation: Residency and Belonger Status Programme’ of the VIP administration during the July 31, 2019, sitting of the House of Assembly.

“When that one-off is over and the date comes, it’s probably the time to explain to members what I know regarding this matter and how it’s to fix,” Hon Fraser told the House.

He said the way to solve existing concerns of the ‘Fast track’ programme, such as one raised by Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) about the programme’s possibility of allowing wealthy immigrants to buy up VI lands, is to introduce a new section to the constitution establishing an Indigenous Virgin Islander.

Look into Constitution – Hon Fraser

“Once that is done, Mr Speaker, all the problems that I heard and that we all face, can be resolved through that method.”

Hon Fraser said the ‘Fast Track’ initiative will capture a certain amount of people in its narrow window, however, he said he is still unsure whether the programme will reach all of the people who can benefit.

He said by establishing an Indigenous Virgin Islander in the constitution, it could be the thing that bails everyone out from the controversy surrounding the immigration initiative.

 

5 Responses to “Hon Fraser criticises Gov't's approach to immigration reform”

  • hog city (09/08/2019, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The best of Fraser chuuss
  • plop (09/08/2019, 15:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is Fraser....
    A:- A Politician
    B:- A Comedian
    C:- Just background noise
  • ann (09/08/2019, 16:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Joe Fraser has a point
  • lodger (09/08/2019, 21:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Indigenous means here from the beginning of time (plants, animals and to a lesser extent humans). How can you bestow that on anybody?
    • @ lodger (10/08/2019, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sir/Man, We are in 2019. You should know that legislation is usually accompanied with definitions of terminologies used within. If it be, the expression "Indigenous Virgin Islander" would more than likely be clearly defined and would differ from the one you speak of.


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