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'If these people are not working, they need to be deported'- Claude O. Skelton-Cline

- says 'not the best' immigrants continue to populate the territory
As the conversation surrounding immigrants and employment in the Virgin Islands (VI) continues, 'Honestly Speaking' radio host, Claude O. Skelton-Cline is calling for the deportation of unemployed expats residing in the territory, as a matter or priority. Photo: VINO/File
Mostly on weekdays expat men could be seen grouped under trees and under buildings in Road Town. While it is our understanding the men are usually waiting for pickup from their employers or hoping to be employed for the day, it is unclear if all of them are properly documented. Photo: VINO/File
Mostly on weekdays expat men could be seen grouped under trees and under buildings in Road Town. While it is our understanding the men are usually waiting for pickup from their employers or hoping to be employed for the day, it is unclear if all of them are properly documented. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said his administration has been willing to give some time for unemployed persons on a work permit to find another job. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said his administration has been willing to give some time for unemployed persons on a work permit to find another job. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - As the conversation surrounding immigrants and employment in the Virgin Islands (VI) continues, the 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderator and pastor, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, is calling for the deportation of unemployed expatriates residing in the territory, as a matter of priority.

"If these people are not working, they need to be deported out of the territory," he said unapologetically on the Tuesday, October 15, 2019, edition of Honestly Speaking.

'Not the best talent' - Skelton Cline 

"You can't have a situation where you continue to grow the population with not some of the best talents, not some of the best gifts, not from people who are making a contribution who will advance this territory," he said in promising to increase pressure and 'pound the table' to bring the issue on the forefront.

According to Mr Skelton-Cline, he expects that the topic will generate some type of controversy; however, he said the issue continues to be disturbing to not only him, but several others residing in the territory, especially women.

"The place needs to be cleaned up, the town looks dirty, it feels dirty," he pointed out to his listening audience regarding the state of the main business areas.

"Everybody and their mama selling something... everybody all throughout the place setting up a stand. That is not Virgin Islanders, we ought not let people come and so drastically change the contour and character of our country," he uttered in pointing out an influx of vending in certain parts of the territory.

More offsprings 

Further highlighting social issues that may come as a result of the influx of men in the territory, he said, "then the next thing will happen, they are going to start having children by somebody, that's more lights and more classrooms needed, more this and more that... more health service to be provided, we have to manage our growth," he underscored.

However, even as Pastor Skelton-Cline has called for the deportation of unemployed immigrants, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said his administration is willing to give some time for those unemployed on a work permit to find another job.

Yet, according to Hon Wheatley, those categories of immigrants should have to leave the territory as per the laws.

Mr Skelton-Cline, in touching on the perceived change in culture brought about by immigrants residing in the territory, said: "We as a people have to do a far better job as Virgin Islanders in promoting our own culture and insist that certain things happen, and not just allow everything, a free for all in this country."

48 Responses to “'If these people are not working, they need to be deported'- Claude O. Skelton-Cline”

  • Agree (16/10/2019, 11:29) Like (64) Dislike (8) Reply
    if they are in the territory illegally send them home. If they have no job send them home. There are to many of them on the streets day in and day out with nothing to do but polluting the streets.
  • son of the soil (16/10/2019, 11:32) Like (39) Dislike (41) Reply
    We need a man like Claude to represent we because he is speaking my kind of language
  • Jim Jones (16/10/2019, 11:42) Like (29) Dislike (35) Reply
    Who is he to determine who is the best and who is not the best? The BIBLE says JUDGE NOT
    • And ... (16/10/2019, 12:09) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      The Bible says get the wicked man out - the one practicing things God detests - lying, thievery, deception, fraud, sexual immorality, etc. And that involves judging.
  • lol (16/10/2019, 11:49) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    well well well, they all sounding like trump now. the truth with illegal immigration and those that are not working showing up to the low information populace
  • Correction (16/10/2019, 12:09) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply

    I dont think its best to say that you are deporting the unemployed who were actually living here legally. You are asking them to leave, thats it. U deport the illegal/criminals. Saying that you are deporting who is here legally sound like its said out of hate and vengeance.
  • Well Well (16/10/2019, 12:33) Like (41) Dislike (30) Reply
    Why do you people hates Expats so much. What have they done? You all seems to forget that your children and grandchildren lives in another country and I bet for a fact that you all would not like to hear how a government or the people talk so harshly where ever they are. Remember what goes around comes back around
    • FRANK (17/10/2019, 03:10) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
      Bv islanders dont migrate and sit under tries and outside of commercial buildings all day.
    • You disgust me (17/10/2019, 14:04) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Where is the hate? If their family members are residing elsewhere, they are attending school, gainfully employed, married with a family there. Not bumming around, stealing, causing problems in the society. The men who are unemployed are hanging out the women are in apartments waiting for someone else husband to bring the rent. Get it right, do the right thing.
  • concern (16/10/2019, 12:42) Like (30) Dislike (10) Reply
    Cline the same ppl u want them to deport is who comes to ur church y’all pastors have no heart. I rather sit home and read my bible than to come listen to y’all all of y’all are hypocrites will never attend church with y’all,it’s time for island ppl to open their eyes
  • likes (16/10/2019, 13:03) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    I always liked claude cause he always speaks his mind and dont sugar coat anything. Yes we need a clean up as many of them here on phony work permits and all they doing is crime In our country..I have been to countries where expats got lock up for associating with known local criminals..we need an ICE here
  • Truth (16/10/2019, 13:54) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply

    The truth of the matter is most people will look at the messenger, rather than the message. There are many expats who call BVI their home and contribute greatly to our economy. That said, there are also quite a few that do the total opposite and something needs to be done. We cannot sit back and let the place slip away from us and allow any old thing to happen. I agree with him especially on the way road town currently looks, but I would add that there are some locals contributing to that aspect as well. Old cars, old boats, big trucks, heavy equipment, old tents, old food vans, it's not just the expats as some of our own people are doing the same sh*t. The market square looks like little Haiti. Drive around the little neighborhoods and you see a body/mechanic shop tucked in at every corner. What the #@% is really wrong with us? Time for a real conversation to move the Territory forward because at this rate we are in for serious problems.

    • Peaches (17/10/2019, 09:28) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Truth I wish I could shake your hand. People always want to see the negative in every comment! When I heard Claude speak about what is happening on his program 'Honestly Speaking' I wish I could have called in and congratulated him. I am ashamed to call the BVI my home.

      The place is filthy!! It is very depressing to drive around every day and see exactly what you speak of. Where I live the residents throw their garbage down anywhere! The sewage is running all across the street and residents have to walk in it! It's a crying shame! I am still waiting to hear the Andrew Fahie administration talk about remedying this sewage dilemma.

      Another thing that irks me is the set of men that hang out at Fine Food Supermarket in East End!! It's DISGUSTING! A woman can't feel comfortable going to the supermarket without feeling like you are being undressed with these lustful men's eyes! I understand that Fine Food allows them to loiter to detract would be robbers. I would like to say to the Management of Fine Foods Supermarket that this is NOT the way to go. Please hire decent and competent security guards. Riteway makes enough money to do that. stop being a miser and do the right thing. It makes the supermarket look so 'ghetto'

      I can go on and on...... sigh!!
  • BA (16/10/2019, 16:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes sorry for hungry dogs they still came around and biteyou in your assess every body is from somewhere.
  • Wow. LORD O..How unfair.. (16/10/2019, 16:35) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    So. The people who bring them here who sponsor them in the first place don't those people have some responsible to provide work for them or to explain to the government why they sponsor them and don't have work for them. Or why they refused to renew their permits and to ensure they have have good reasons for not renewing their sponsored worker permit. Why is always the poor, the vanurable. The defenseless authority quick to attack and jump on... To add. Why not correct the labour department.. Lot of these people have labour issues with employers and get no justice... Lord help us. .. OMG... Have some mercy..Can't believe Godly and supposedly intelligent people talking like this. "Vauge" All these preachers concern about is people's collection when time to speak about injustice they don't have the courage. No God in them.
  • Hmm (16/10/2019, 16:55) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    What about locals who ain't working? What about locals who don't want to hire locals and prefer down islanders?
    • not fair (17/10/2019, 17:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      What about the locals who is not paying the expats? including their Social Security; NHI and vacation pay but want them to show up to work. They have bills and family too.
  • GG (16/10/2019, 17:22) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is coming from a man of God.... wow.. just wow. The person who suppose to lead with love and compassion. Christ was a carpenters son... some of these same dirty people is who would be standing next to you on judgement day!
    • Connie (17/10/2019, 03:16) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      One has nothing to do with the other. If an expat has nothing to do here he should not be here. I hate going to some supermarkets now.
  • Reminder (16/10/2019, 17:49) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    There was a law years back you get pregnant here you on work permit you had to leave the country. .so thats off the book look at the philipino population its growing real fast.IMMIGRTION PATROL LASPING BAD .WALTERS AND HILL USE TO DO A VERY GOOD JOB.WHO FILLING THERE SHOES? Just saying
    • Cisco kid (16/10/2019, 23:06) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
  • NICK (16/10/2019, 18:21) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    DEPORT Skelton-Cline NOW! He lives in a glass house and needs to stop throwing stones.
  • surprise (16/10/2019, 18:45) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    He who is without sin first cast a stone
  • Mason (16/10/2019, 18:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Build that wall.
  • tretretrete (16/10/2019, 20:22) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    God don't like ugly. There will be a next irma when all the born yah a go run left it again.
    • tretretrete (17/10/2019, 03:18) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      The expat ran too. They were getting free ride home.
    • hey (17/10/2019, 12:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      I rebuke you in the name of the Lord Jesus!! We will NOT have another disaster!!
  • lol (16/10/2019, 20:51) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    This pastor is really good. He has a short memory. He already forgot Irma and Maria. He forgot is the same people who helped to rebuild the place. I remember when the linemen them came from st Vincent Jamaica and St Lucia worked hard to restore power to this island after Irma. They were calling Caribbean brothers. Now you calling them criminals. The same people who built the roof over your head. Be kind to others. Remember the good they have done for you . God doesn't sleep folKS.
    • hello (17/10/2019, 05:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      I have never - do you people read over what you type? If you live here, didn’t you expect to help rebuild? BVI linesmen go too so this is a no-pointer as well. Which other country would allow this populated loitering on their streets every day. It’s a recipe for an upcoming disaster - not to mention that it adds to the unemployment rate of a country. These hard back men are on corners hailing up the little girls, smoking and swearing - and don’t bother come telling me about BVIslanders doing it too because I know but they are ours - we just don’t need the extra to add to the problem. We will address our own. But how are they surviving without a steady income- perhaps help us to understand that part because I wonder how they are making it. This is not hating on anyone but we have to face reality here. It’s not healthy for any economy. And if you know of any people in your country holding up street corners I suggest that you let them go back to their home country where they’ll fair better. Sun up or sum down you all would forever remain our Caribbean brothers and sisters- don’t twist this with situations that are recipes for disasters.
  • Landlord (16/10/2019, 21:52) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ok I here on wuk permit. Boss man have several business including construction and trucking and likkle ting here and there. Good man. He does make sure I work as much. If the area he hire me slow today, he put me in another part of his business till things pull back up.

    Now where I live have 4 apartments in the building and the rent is $1,650.00 for the 2 bedroom place. One of the is 1 bedroom and that one is $1200.00. In my apartment me and 2 partner put together to pay the rent. We never late with the rent plus anything happen to the place, since all of us are trade men, we fix it because the owner dem don't do nothing to the place. We does even cut down the bush. All so we could live comfortable. All of us have our homes and our families back a yard and if we ever got to go back we will just go. The dollar here does go a longer way when we send it back. Here expensive like hell too.

    So the landlord done say she ain't want none of the local people inna she place. We does fix for free but them going owe and make too much demand and she ain't want that. So before uno wish us gone, tell me say who a go rent uno expensive apartment them.
    • So sad (17/10/2019, 14:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Young man your landlord exploiting you for free work. You are paying so much rent that if you took the time to calculate you would realize that the dollar is not going as far as you think. By the time you pay the rent and by food you cannot afford to treat a cold. Your dollar at home would go farther. No outrageous rent, no high cost of living; you would do better at home. Your landlord will not rent to locals because they cannot exploit the locals so don't you go feeling special.
  • Why (16/10/2019, 22:08) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    What are these people complaining? This is not new, anyone live in the territory would know if you not working you have to leave. This has been going on for years. Why would you want to be in another man country and not working and want to stay? Come on people get over it. These men knew they were coming into a small country to help with the recovery why are they thinking they would be allowed to stay forever and not working. They would be pure robbery in the country, why blaming me Cline he did not set the laws.
  • aswad (16/10/2019, 23:01) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    "Some" of the most ungrateful people come from the Eastern Caribean. They look just like us."Some" of the most conniving people come from America, the mass geological A$$hole of a country.
  • ok (17/10/2019, 08:44) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ya'll missing the point and taking things out of context. He is right. Some of ya'll only bashing him because of who he is etc... but sometimes we need to be logical and think before we speak and get out of ya'll dam feelings.
  • Well (17/10/2019, 09:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Why, they are upset because our Politicians continue to interfere and the Immigration Department cannot do the job they are in place to do. When they try to deport person somebody goes to a Politician and he steps in. They need to STOP and let the laws run the country.
  • Lily Ann (17/10/2019, 12:17) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply

    The best partner I found in life is an Island man!!! I've dated 2 VI man and have spent the last 10 years vomiting!!! This man is the best I've dated, and I'm gonna hold on to him for as loooong as it takes me to!!! I'll marry to him so that he can get his rights here as well !!! So $% u and your hatred for our neighbors !!! And if push comes to shove, I can always survive in his country, but we wont be able to survive in the dry BVI !!!

    • not so fast (17/10/2019, 14:21) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      I hope we will not read about when it turns sour. Too many have been where you are and had to swallow their words, if they were able to swallow at all. So hold it down and stop campaigning for him to marry you. You do not need to beg, after all you said he is the best.
  • @concern (17/10/2019, 14:09) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    You going to church for Skelton cline? If you go to church that will up the number of hypocrites by one. You want to be the majority in someone else country. There is no place like home, after all y'all always bragging about what your country has that BVI does not have. So long.
  • bvi to the bone (17/10/2019, 18:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So tell me something. Should all these people who came here on work permit and found construction jobs be allowed to stay in the BVI after the place is built back if there is no work for them to do? Is this what those who are bashing Mr. Cline is saying? I hope not. Why should they stay if they can’t find work to do? They should be asked to leave, pure and simple. Ask them politely to leave by a certain date and if they don’t then deport them.
  • completely agree (18/10/2019, 13:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our population is being over-run by the uneducated masses from other islands and separatists from Europe and America, not to mention South Africa. This does not bode well for the future of the BVIs. Eventually we won't have the necessary resources to support the infrastructure of these islands. NHI alone, which should have never been implemented, will continue to be a nightmare. It is high time for a revision of our immigration practices. And to all you people from other places who disagree, let me say that if this was your country, you would feel exactly the same. It is not about whether we like you or not; it's rather about whether we can afford you from a cultural and financial standpoint.
  • Looking on (21/10/2019, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There's a difference between asking people to leave and deportation. The word deport is being used out of context here. Only the governor can deport and with the issues mentioned above, you can ask the said people to leave yes but it's not called deportation. It's important that the headlines and discussions following use the right words.
  • God's blessings!!!. (21/10/2019, 14:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this the same skeleton cline?
    Who left his beloved bvi for many dacades
    Short live his memory.

    These are the same thieves he is telling to bring all the
    Thites and offering in the store house. God is listing
  • Foreigner but Virginislander (21/10/2019, 16:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pathetic pseudo-political clown in a collar!
  • Warriors (23/10/2019, 21:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boi o boi were there is no knowledge people perish , ever leaning but never come to the knowledge of the truth , really perilous times , were men become high minded boosters heady blasphemous lover of pleasure more the lovers of God haters of who are good , men pleasers , wolf in sheep's clothing and the goes on, not surprised
  • strait talk (23/10/2019, 21:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes man a so it go , a so it sets up , you collected them same people hard earned money in taxes social security ,that government contract and not to mention O those big tithes and offering , shaking they hands in church and so forth but has bad intentions towards them, they are not nice and educated persons anymore , suck them dried , wooow awesome nice going , I really thought that Irma and Maria has beaten and knock some real sence in us and teach us a listen of appreciating and loving one another , we are in serious trouble , spiritually Wooow
  • Just a reminder (23/10/2019, 22:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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