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‘Immigration process hasn’t changed’ – Premier Fahie

-Says will respect public opinion but has ‘forgiven’ critics following backlash
With rising public criticism over the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) ‘Clear path to regularization: Residency and Belonger Status Programme’ that has since been postponed, the Premier revealed that the immigration process has not changed from how it was previously. Photo: VINO/File
‘Hard Talk’ radio host, Kaream K. Pickering aka 'Picko Moff' in questioning the 'Fast Track' move during the Monday, May 20, 2019, Town Hall meeting called by the Government, says that given the urgency by the VIP to get the issue moved, the government might have some type of hidden agenda. Photo: VINO/File
‘Hard Talk’ radio host, Kaream K. Pickering aka 'Picko Moff' in questioning the 'Fast Track' move during the Monday, May 20, 2019, Town Hall meeting called by the Government, says that given the urgency by the VIP to get the issue moved, the government might have some type of hidden agenda. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – With rising public criticism over the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) ‘Clear path to regularization: Residency and Belonger Status Programme’ that has since been postponed, the Premier revealed that the immigration process has not changed from how it was previously.

Premier Fahie was at the time speaking at a community meeting in the Valley, Virgin Gorda last Thursday, May 23, 2019, when he noted that the only addition is that a few more staff has been added to the immigration office to fast track the procedure. 

Let Down

“Now I know the feeling that a lot of our indigenous people that you feel, that some of them feel that this man has let me down, he has destroyed my children’s future and children children’s future,” Premier Fahie told those gathered at the meeting with regards to his strong immigration policies.

“They say they could never forgive me for doing that, my answer to them is that I already forgive you, and I’m not going to live a defeated life based on your words but I'll respect your opinion,” he said.

According to the Leader of Government Business, “there are certain things in this territory that we are going to face very soon, and you will soon realise that this topic is child’s play compared to what we have to face.”

The Premier continued, “Some people always asking me, you keep saying that what they are, I just can’t tell you yet, but if you put me there to lead, trust me enough to know that I know what I’m telling you.”

Hidden Agenda? 

Many social commentators included ‘Hard Talk’ radio host, Kaream K. Pickering aka 'Picko Moff', has accused the VIP administration of having a ‘hidden agenda’ regarding immigration reform.

Premier Fahie indicated that one of the main reasons the regularisation initiative, is to unite the Virgin Islands to face the challenges that may lie ahead, however, many including Mr Pickering are not convinced.

He noted that the territory is seeking to reach common ground regarding its citizens, “even if everybody ain’t get their status, it isn’t that we're just giving it away, there is a Criteria,” he implored.

Premier Fahie further said, “The Chief Immigration Officer is here, he can tell you I have not changed the criteria they were using from the time Big Ben’s clock was a watch.”

“I have not changed the criteria,” he reiterated, “The same form, the same questions, the same procedure is what you’re going through. All I am telling them is that we give them more staff to allow for a certain period to fast track.”    

 

7 Responses to “‘Immigration process hasn’t changed’ – Premier Fahie ”

  • Hmmm (27/05/2019, 13:33) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
    He came in flow the other day and could not lift his head up. Pure "island people" in the place. They will not admit that the country is majority of this though. Respect them! Give Jack his Jacket! Let build together! Stop being hateful
  • hello (27/05/2019, 16:46) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    In light of the recent murder we really need to have stiffer vetting on who is allowed to stay here and making a temporary living. Too much of what is the norm in their lands are affecting our community and it’s high time we send the bad seeds back to where they are from. We have our own bad seeds to deal with we don’t need expat rejects as well. Make getting in here harder to begin with.
  • ok (27/05/2019, 17:15) Like (10) Dislike (14) Reply
    Premier we the people are with you because you & your team are doing great.
  • we the people (27/05/2019, 18:21) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    Fahie let’s go don’t back down
  • The Truth from President Obsma (28/05/2019, 06:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    In One of Obama's speeches he said. " Listen folks and you have to believe me.. Every powerful, or rich person that aggressively opposes or agrees with a New implementation from their government is acting in their own personal interest. Not yours. Don't be fooled" . I never forget those words coming from Obama..
  • Clean the Bucket (28/05/2019, 06:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Premier you have to first clean up the department and clear the bag lock... Washout and clean up the dirty bucket before you put good clean water in it... Your intentions are good and Godly..
  • face it (28/05/2019, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Only reason BVI let's in outsiders is because they either have money they covet, or because they have skills they can't be bothered to learn. Either way, despite what they may hear in the Sunday service, it seems natural for BVIs to be disdainful and disrespectful of outsiders. Where would the Territory be without them?


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