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Skelton-Cline wants immediate deportation of expats involved in human smuggling

- calls for additional revocation of Belonger status
Outspoke social commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called for the immediate deportation of expats involved in illegal smuggling, further calling for belongership status to be revoked if they were activities that led to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Photo: VINO/File
Skelton-Cline, a government consultant, made the calls on the Tuesday, Spetember 1, 2020, edition of his Honestly Speaking show while expressing great disapproval that the opening of the country coming out of the pandemic, is now delayed as a direct result of the illegal smuggling activity. Photo: Internet Source
Skelton-Cline, a government consultant, made the calls on the Tuesday, Spetember 1, 2020, edition of his Honestly Speaking show while expressing great disapproval that the opening of the country coming out of the pandemic, is now delayed as a direct result of the illegal smuggling activity. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Outspoken commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called for the immediate deportation of expatriates involved in human smuggling and the revocation of status and deportation for Belongers if found to be involved in the illegal activity that has been linked to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the Virgin Islands.

"When these people, after they recover from this COVID, the next step is to ensure there's a plane from their place of origin and they are on that plane and they are deported back to their country of origin," he said to government and local law enforcement.

Deportation & revocations of status 

Skelton-Cline, a government consultant, made the call on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, during his Honestly Speaking show livestreamed on Facebook and broadcast simultaneously on ZBVI 780 AM.

He made the comment while expressing great disapproval that the next phase of the re-opening of the Territory, coming out of the pandemic, is now delayed as a direct result of the illegal smuggling activity.

"They should be deported immediately, it should be public... we have to send a clear message to this country," he said.

For persons holding Belonger status, the commentator said they too should not escape the wrath of justice, if implicated in smuggling.

"You cannot be allowed to have been granted Belongerships status in this country, and breach our laws like this... the Belongership status must be pulled and you must be deported back to your country," he said.

No second chances - Skelton-Cline 

"Our country, our life and our livelihood is upside down right now... this is not an occasion for a second chance," he went on to say. 

As part of his commentary, Skelton-Cline also hinted that he will end his political activism if actions are not taken against the guilty individuals.

"I ain't supporting nobody and nothing no more, if nothing happens to these people... as soon as they get well, [get them] on the plane!"

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), speaking at Tuesday's COIVD-19 update, promised that persons engaging in illegal smuggling and entry will be sought after vigorously and brought to justice.

53 Responses to “Skelton-Cline wants immediate deportation of expats involved in human smuggling”

  • Ross Hill (03/09/2020, 17:03) Like (42) Dislike (8) Reply
    Mr Cline this is one time I agree with you clean up the country the BVI cannot afford to be punished and served with such behaviour sorry thigs have to come this way but BVI landers have to do what is needed. The Government is doing what is right BVI landers cannot go to another country in the caribbean and do the shit the expats are doing here in the BVI sorry for the innocent Expats but the red flag has to be flown in order to keep us safe there are some very good expats living among us but they have to pull their weight in helping to clear and clean up th country They have to remember that they live here too Cline thanks for your help
    • Speak on BOTH sides... (03/09/2020, 17:15) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
      I agree with you that Mr Cline is correct on BOTH sides. Yes, deport expats responsible but ALSO strip Belongers of their belongership if they are found to be culpable. Precedent is already set in UK law with the case of Shamima Begum; they did what they did for money, for serving Mammon, as Cline stated on his show. Their loyalty is to money rather than the BVI so they are traitors and do NOT deserve the privilege of Belongership and all that carries with it.

      Get ALL of the guilty out, expatriate and belonger alike!
      • Precedent (04/09/2020, 09:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Alphonso it already happened. No need to go to UK , how little you actually know
    • Truth (03/09/2020, 18:02) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
      A lot of them from down the island in here illegally
    • Local (04/09/2020, 05:25) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      BUT smuggling is a local problem. CLAUDis now attorneygeneral
    • Lose belongership (04/09/2020, 08:28) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      ... also belongership should be taken away from anybody that defrauds the Govt!
  • tola (03/09/2020, 17:12) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree clean up the place
  • j (03/09/2020, 17:17) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    I thought he was going to deport Covid . I was happy but he just defending his contract.
  • NB (03/09/2020, 17:27) Like (41) Dislike (14) Reply
    Do tell Claude, what is your suggestion for the locals who are found guilty of this crime? It's one topic on the same crime. Express yourself in an unbiased way....oh wait you lack the ability to do such. Go get that gold fish, you here again to stir up trouble with your ignorance
  • Two sets (03/09/2020, 17:38) Like (59) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ok Mr Clyne, fair enough what punishment you reccommend for BVI landers. ? I think they deserve 10 yrs in Jail...Now, thats fair xpats get deported, BVI Landers get 10 yrs at Balsun.. How about that for fair punishment...?
  • next (03/09/2020, 17:48) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    I agree with him careless people
  • understood (03/09/2020, 17:54) Like (45) Dislike (1) Reply
    On this matter, Mr. Cline you really have to look inwards. This is a local problem. The expats are the 'customers'. It is locals who are the culprits. But I agree that expats involved should be deported. Sadly, the locals cannot be deported.
  • I agree (03/09/2020, 18:08) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    And I've lways said the law in the book that if an expat is jailed for 3 months or more they should be deported. The governor should not pardon them because they all have the same excuse when time come oooooooo they have dependent children but didn't you know bout those children when you were committing the crime. 3 months or more in prison and you got to go. Let us deal with our own criminals, we shouldn't have to deal with other country criminals too. Clean up the place
  • y (03/09/2020, 18:16) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr Cline I am not saying u all can't send home all eaxp who in involved but my ? is how many are thay local have a big deal in this remember a coin has to side don't move to fast every day is canker day punch time to ripe cous
  • Hodgie (03/09/2020, 18:18) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Need to clean our house first. Most of these illegal activities are our own people. Do we deport them also?
  • AGAIN!? (03/09/2020, 18:19) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tambu frett, Korrey Stoutt and Aubrey Daniel 3 locals 3 different cases accused of illegal entry....What to do with them ?
    • Idiota (04/09/2020, 07:31) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
      They are in jail and will go through the legal process of the BVI. If our people commit crimes that’s how it goes, and our jail was built to house them if they need to do jail time. We didn’t build a jail for expats but if you want to go to jail commit a crime them. From chatting shyte. BVI jail is for BVI people when they commit a crime.
    • IJS (04/09/2020, 08:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Aubrey is not from here... He is married to a local.
  • Queen Mary (03/09/2020, 18:26) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Have never been a fan of Mr Cline
    but this is onetime I support him 100%
  • good (03/09/2020, 18:41) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    Good that means gus & his sidekick mick will get deported
  • Andrew Trump (03/09/2020, 18:49) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    It is so amazing that the same tongue that you use to persuade the people of God is the same tongue you use to sew these illicit seeds. You have a platform that could be used in such a positive way but you rather use it for useless rants. What are you doing to keep them honest , honestly speaking?
  • lol (03/09/2020, 18:49) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    bvi and cline, do take out the rafter in your eye before you see the straw in someone else eye. we not threatened by you.. the problem is in your own foot
  • two take aways (03/09/2020, 18:53) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    My two take aways from this article:

    1. "He made the comment while expressing great disapproval that the next phase of the re-opening of the Territory, coming out of the pandemic, is now delayed as a direct result of the illegal smuggling activity" Wake up BVI we are not coming out of the pandemic, no one is, COVID is not going anywhere and the longer we sit here with our heads in the sand with NO PLAN the more criminal activity like this will take place because people need to make a living and will be getting more desperate soon.

    2. "As part of his commentary, Skelton-Cline also hinted that he will end his political activism if actions are not taken against the guilty individuals." This is the best news Ive read all summer. Some one shut this idiot up and for heavens sake stop giving him press coverage. I think I'd rather hear from the blogger who hates island people more than this self proclaimed religious zealot.

  • ballast bay (03/09/2020, 18:59) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    I have lived in the BVI for over 40 years i come and go but these later years things have be come diffrent i could have gone to town and leave mthouse wide open sleep with my windows open now wh dears do that what a set back i connebd the Govern ment fo all what they did up to now Police you havero work round the xlock drive i sometimes in the off roads to see what is going on in the inner parts of the villages. Premier you are keeping a tgight rioe I want to be living here foe the next 40 years and a word to Mr penn and Mr, Turnbull please do not say and Piss and make the people turn more against you Rember Christ is watching youall your judgement is ahead so mind how you run your boggie trains
  • Anne (03/09/2020, 20:09) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    I hope you are praying to God. To change your dad mind.. As a pastor.
  • Hmmm (03/09/2020, 20:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Maybe the government should put hold on family property as a deterrent if locals involved Have family members knowing of their actions and continue to turn a blind eye And at timeS aid in covering for them.its not fair but hey this have to stop even skelton-Cline mentioned his gangster friends mothers know what their sons doing but continue to look away
  • Cut deep (03/09/2020, 21:38) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh wow Mr. Cline you really believed the words from the host of C** D**p? After she posted on her Facebook page about I copy and past “ I’m so fkg sick of outsiders disrespecting the friggin BVI. I going sleep before I lose my job tonight. Periodt‼️

    Sadly it our born here who’s doing the smuggling but she can’t say that because it’s her same criminal she be defending are the one’s who’s being doing it for trad.
  • Forbidden Truth (03/09/2020, 21:49) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    "You cannot be allowed to have been granted Belongerships status in this country, and breach our laws like this... the Belongership status must be pulled and you must be deported back to your country," he said..

    The rules are set out on the Immigrstion Act to revoke Belonger Status Mr. Cline. Smuggling people is not one of them. Do your research before gabbing.
  • captain flint (03/09/2020, 22:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    What if the smugglers are born here belongers. What Mr Cline gonna do wit them?
  • Expat whose home is BVI (03/09/2020, 22:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Make no mistake, the law abiding expats which will be the vast majority also want tough action against criminals including their deportation. Also, anyone fiddling money from the government, that we help pay for, on shonky deals should be locked up, and those with “gangster proclivities”. All so the BVI can start to realise its potential.
  • Marvin (03/09/2020, 22:09) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Cline you need to clean house first. You accuse expats but you know that its belongers who done the smuggling. Who owns the nightclubs or the boats cos they should be in jail too. People in glass houses don't be throwing stones. You need to put names to these expats you are accusing. This is stirring up hatred against expats with no proof. Name and shame the smugglers.
  • Strupes (03/09/2020, 22:56) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Look at he nah.....but deport. Shame you all shame. Is your very own doing sh*t
  • Island Woman (03/09/2020, 23:18) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I totally agrees with Mr. Cline in this ..
  • who knows (03/09/2020, 23:44) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    If we were doing the right thing and deporting expats sentenced, as the law states, to three months or more then we would not be in this situation. There is a lot of expats going in and out of our jail, like a revolving door. We need to use the laws that we waste time to make. Enough is enough, and nothing against expats black or white !!
  • K (04/09/2020, 05:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ trump not every one that says lord lord by their fruit u should know then a this is a perfect example whether you like it are know
  • tom (04/09/2020, 06:48) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    You as a pastor. You must say what the bilble say. You love to talk about deportation.what goes around come around..God soon deported you.
  • Observer (04/09/2020, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr.Cline you are on point. If a local commits the offence of smuggling and is found guilty in court he will be sentenced. He is from the BVI so you can't deport him. If someone who got belonger status and commits the same smuggling offence and found guilty he can be strip of his status and deported.
  • BuzzBvi (04/09/2020, 11:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow. The only way of dealing with expats is to get rid of them. So what happens to VIslanders. Bringing in the death sentence??? Otherwise we are stuck with them lawless selves, that it is so important to dispose of when they are from somewhere else.
    Or we can just let the local people carry on human and Covid, drug, money and gun smuggling.
    Best let them go if caught and not say too much about it.
  • Check (04/09/2020, 11:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes deportation is a important thing if people does not do yhe right thing and they are living here DEPORT THEM YES Again BVI Landers cannot go in a nother caribbean islands and do wrong things Expats thode of you who are behaving your self continue to do so Our Goverment has to look out for the BVI landers and the country tell your other expat members to be on the alert and behave themselves because their behavious will affect you the bvi is still well in advance morethan some other Caribbean countries sokeep your heads on because your belonger status can be taken back Mr Premier we are praying for you so that God can guide you
  • u (04/09/2020, 12:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    U all behaviour about deport sound like d world is going to end this is around the world thing u all behaving just like when a child receive a gift that man need deliverance all like them have d world like that bunch of wolves in sheep's clothing
  • consultant (04/09/2020, 12:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    People who defraud the government? Like charging Them $100,000 for meaningless pathetic reports copied from the internet?
  • R (04/09/2020, 12:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ idiots right now u sound like a fool do you read your comment boy u don't have no sense not even d common one well saw
  • musa (04/09/2020, 13:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give back some over spend money the bvi in need
  • question (05/09/2020, 08:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does this same request apply to those who were born in the USVIs. Will their parents rights be revoked from them, then deport them? ???
  • not enough (05/09/2020, 08:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Deportation is not a strong enough penalty. If people doing the are smuggling from the US Virgin Islands, all that will happen is they will be sent home and repeat behavior. US citizens will just move to the US virgin islands... not much of a punishment there.
    If the person can be linked to actual covid infections here in the BVI they should be jailed.

    If their infections cause a death, they should be tried for manslaughter.


  • ??? (05/09/2020, 10:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So he is saying 'don't try to sneak in because if you are caught you will be kicked out'... How is that different from any other time?
    Penalties need to be tougher on ex-pats and BVIslanders.


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