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‘Terrible indictment’ on children ‘born here’ of expats-Hon. Walwyn

- calls for matter to be addressed swiftly
Education and Culture Minister Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) said it is a ‘terrible indictment’ that children born of expats in the territory can become stateless if they do not get a passport from the country of origin of their parents. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, and Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), right, have agreed with Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn that the issue of rights to children born in the Virgin Islands to expat parents must be addressed. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, and Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), right, have agreed with Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn that the issue of rights to children born in the Virgin Islands to expat parents must be addressed. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A “terrible indictment” that needs to be addressed with a level of urgency is how Education and Culture Minister Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) described the laws of the Virgin Islands (UK) pertaining to children of expats who were born in the territory becoming "stateless" if they do not get a passport from the country of origin of their parents.

Hon Walwyn, while noting that this argument is nothing new, was viewing the matter again with new eyes following a report from the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an organisation that protects and defends the rights of every child, that placed the Territory in a bad light concerning the rights of children being infringed upon.

His remarks were made last night, Thursday April 20, 2017 in the House of Assembly (HoA) under ‘Any other Business’.

Troubling matter

“It is a matter, Madam Speaker, that is very troubling and I raised it several times in this House of Assembly, other members raised it before me, but I don’t know if the cat has their tongue now, I don’t know. But they will have to speak for themselves. But it seems that we have a way, Madam Speaker, in this country where somebody has to come from somewhere and tell us something about ourselves,” he remarked.

According to the Minister, there was a study done by UNICEF and he quoted from pages 151 and 152 of the report, under section C, which reads that civil and political rights were the most significant gaps in the protection of human rights of migrant children and those born in the VI of non-VI parents. He said the rules of citizenship and belonger status are complex and difficult to understand and there is some level of discretion in the decision of granting or not the status or belongership.

According to the country’s laws, if a child is born in the VI and the parents are not citizens or belongers they are required to apply in writing to the Immigration Department for permission for the child to reside. The immigration laws do not automatically give any rights for such persons born in the territory.

“This is the most troubling part for me,” Hon Walwyn stated, pointing to the following excerpt of the report; “Children born in the BVI of non-BVI parents are mainly considered as temporary migrants and] face restrictions in the enjoyment of their rights and can be stateless if they cannot obtain the citizenship of the country of origin of their parents.”

Terrible indictment 

The Education and Culture Minister said something has to be done now even before the review of the constitution that many are proposing, is done.

“This is a terrible indictment on the fabric of the society in the Virgin Islands and we have to do something about it. I hear the talk all the time about the constitution, and we are going to review the constitution, deal with this first… You cannot move a country forward with half of the population behind. It is the time that all of us in this Honourable house take our responsibility seriously and address this issue here,” he argued.

“This is a matter that needs to be addressed and addressed urgently. Nation building is not about concrete, nation building is about people and you cannot build a country when a significant portion are unrepresented, uncared for and required to be stateless if they cannot get their passports of where their parents are from.”

Do the right thing

Hon Walwyn ended by saying that he laid his speech on the conscience of the Members of the House of Assembly.

“One last thing my father said to me two days before he died, we were discussing politics, and he said to me, ‘you make sure that as long as you are here you do the right thing. And if you have to stand up by yourself, you stand up by yourself and do what you know is right’. And I am standing up here today.”

No other Member of the House addressed the matter or lent support to Hon Walwyn, except Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7).

“It concerns us all”

Premier Smith said the issue raised by Hon Walwyn is a bother to all Members of the House.

“This is something that has been raised from time to time…I think it is something that concerns us all.”

Hon Pickering also said he has spoken about the matter many times before in the House of Assembly and agrees that it needs to be addressed.

94 Responses to “‘Terrible indictment’ on children ‘born here’ of expats-Hon. Walwyn”

  • voter (21/04/2017, 08:43) Like (32) Dislike (34) Reply
    Myron is fake news he cares nothing about this issue only to get political milages
    • @ voter (21/04/2017, 10:15) Like (19) Dislike (16) Reply
      I agree 100%
    • @voter (21/04/2017, 11:09) Like (27) Dislike (41) Reply
      My country is much too small (59 sq. miles) and has much too little resources to allow more than half the population's children born by foreigners to share the little heritance made available to my children and grand children all in the name of 'so call fairness'.

      How fair is it to my offsprings to neglect their needs and give to another man's child. This would not be allowed in their country nor any other country whose people have basic wisdom. Observe the economic issues that has arisen in the USVI because of such immigration policies. What is needed is stricter immigration laws. This is why Mr. Hill is not employed at the immigration office at this time. He loves his county and his people too much to stand for bullying and manipulation.

      Walwyn and his supporters truly think that they run things but history has shown that BVIslanders are very prone to revolts.

      Word of Advise... do not take a nation's silence and kindness as stupidity. Yes we are very intelligent and wise people and yes many of us conduct our affairs with dignity but in the same light everyone on the face of this earth have a dark side and believe me no one wants to see the nature of the Virgin Islands Beast. (If the indigenous population start feeling disfranchised many in the population will have to wear bulletproof armor all the days of their lives or go live on their rich friends Islands because a mother and father will go to the grave trying to feed and protect their household against foreign invaders. )

      As one blogger stated...(There are a lot of expats living here in the BVI from all around the world who don't think much of BVIslanders at all and are just here to take advantage of whatever they can have. They like that we have US currency and easy access to the US and they only see us as a pit stop on their way there. They talk negatively about the BVI and its people and think everything about us is a joke but yet still they are here. They boldfully admit they are using us and brag about all that they build back home and how much money they have in the bank and how they will be leaving soon. )

      Yet they want their children to gain rights in the Virgin Islands why?? I say because of pure jealousy.
      (and this is why NDP has to go. )
      • Son of Expats (21/04/2017, 15:15) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
        You make very sound and accurate points. As a country, there should be vision for this country. A vision that could move this country forward. Therefore no law should be made without well thought out pros and cons. The reality is many expats don't give a darn about the BVI, but there are others who do. The BVI is very dear to them. Many of them have resided here for years, have grown to love and truly appreciate the BVI. Many have gotton most or all of their kids here and their kids too have been nurtured here and love the BVI even more. Yes many of us have bonded with the BVI. Therefore, to sit here and hear all this fighting pains me. My pray is that the leaders and policy makers make a truly wise decision. One that can meet the basic human needs of expats kids and embrace them, and at the same time secure these islands for the future indigenous generation.
        • @son of Expats (22/04/2017, 09:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          (My pray is that the leaders and policy makers make a truly wise decision. One that can meet the basic human needs of expats kids and embrace them, and at the same time secure these islands for the future indigenous generation.) The people of the VI have been overly kind and considerate to many xpats children throughout the years and this is why yourself, Walwyn, and many others have gain status in our liittle country, but now the doors must be closed because of sustainability and because of the many 'bloodsucking' Xpats who care only about themselves and who have been given a foot and wish to take a yard, a mile, a whole nation down. Enough is Enough and just like America is coming to realize sustainable is paramount we who are much more smaller in volume and resources must do the same as well. ( Immigration laws must be strengthened now.)
      • ghutty (22/04/2017, 11:13) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        give the children whats theirs. when locals born their children outside, they got their passport right away where they were born and the also get their local ones too. The local parents who born their children outside of the territory, the children automatically became expats too but no, they wants right for their kids because they are from here....so unfair for the ones who born here and dont have anything to show. The local population, half is not born here, tell me,what if they want to go back where they were born? what will happen here? the indication shows that it is leading up to that because no opportunity is not in the caribbean as such.
    • wsd (21/04/2017, 16:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Could not agree more, and since he is so passionate about the topic why his government that is in (and please note this is their second term) do something about it and see how far they get.
  • belonger (21/04/2017, 08:58) Like (40) Dislike (16) Reply
    Please have the Constitution Order 2017 to have children born in the VI to be automatically become Virgin Islands whether their parents are born outside the Virgin Islands. Its time we move on from Colonialism.
    • Boo (21/04/2017, 15:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      This provision is in the British Nationality Act 1981 dummy. We have to ask the UK pretty please because these same people will automatically be UK citizens.

      Our laws are UK laws and they do not automatically give citizenship based on birth but based on decent.
      • @@@@@@ (21/04/2017, 21:56) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Is this not the very MINISTER OF EDUCATION, and a very longstanding political newcomer within the political space who said we cannot protect locals?
  • Real (21/04/2017, 08:58) Like (31) Dislike (13) Reply
    Well that's very true and well stated by the minister. As long as a child born in a country regardless of parents born else where have all rights and belongs to that country. This is showing us that slavery is still in full effect by the slave masters. All members of the house of assembly needs to stand as one head to defend the rights of our children born here of parents not belonging here.
    • Common sense. (21/04/2017, 09:45) Like (27) Dislike (7) Reply
      Automatic belonger should be give to a born here child of Xpats parents... Naturalization then should be applied for at the age of 16..
    • Boo (21/04/2017, 20:18) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not in the UK. Unless you forgot..we are part of the UK
    • Ajic (21/04/2017, 23:41) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
      You expats and Ministers make me sick. The laws of our country are clear. You knew the law before pushing out your children. Why are you now complaining. Even the USA is now looking at ways to emulate the UK nationality ACT. Very soon just because you born the US will not entitle you to special rights or privileges or make you a US citizen. There is a reason these laws are in place because there are plenty of greedy unscrupulous people who will only use nationality as a way to rape a country. Our Country is small and vulnerable. LEAVE THE LAW ALONE!! I will be very surprise if you people win next election. UNICEF keep out of our business. There are so many terrible things being done to children by your big donor countries. GO FIX THAT!
      • @ajic (22/04/2017, 08:15) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
        Wow...you said it just right! (There is a reason these laws are in place because there are plenty of greedy unscrupulous people who will only use nationality as a way to rape a country.) great statement...this is the nature of the beast!
  • vex (21/04/2017, 09:04) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  • Salute (21/04/2017, 09:04) Like (29) Dislike (11) Reply
    Yes this matter needs to be adressed. Glad to see Hon walwyn took it to the house again
    • lord o. (21/04/2017, 09:41) Like (39) Dislike (2) Reply
      Man to man is so unjust. But real men stand up for truth and Right... While the fakes go aside to back stab and undermine.......1 million likes for this speech...
  • qc (21/04/2017, 09:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    ok now
  • iknow who iam. (21/04/2017, 09:36) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    this is so disturbing that I will not coment to much but
    this ill say where a man born thats where he is from .
    • .... (21/04/2017, 11:57) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Where a man born is where he's from...? Clearly that's not always the case, especially in this case..... Is Ted Cruz from Canada? Is John McCain from Panama? And I don't want to hear any argument about US Soil. Clearly where you are born comes with special circumstances sometimes. I will admit that this law of ours needs changing though.
    • nope (21/04/2017, 13:12) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      the BVI Current Law is perfect! only America gives birthright automatically most of the world have the same law, do research.
      • Boo (21/04/2017, 20:21) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
        Exactly! under all of the Bullspit this is a UK law in a UK Territory.

        Myron is pure fake news here. He knows fully well that this is a matter for the UK Parliament to decide because it would confer UK citizenship.

        All he is doing is stirring the pot and looking brownie points and smoke screen from the load of self serving bullcrap that the NDP is perpetrating on the country!
      • &nope (21/04/2017, 21:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Totally agree with you!
  • NDP and VIP. responsible. (21/04/2017, 09:37) Like (19) Dislike (12) Reply
    Wow. Wow. Wow. Most votes again next election for Myron. Don't understand the power of we Island People.... Me have Plenty new Respect for Myron..Keep it real and honest and goodness​ and Mercy will always follow you... Evil people will pay, must pay, if not them their blood line... Serious...
    • @NDP and VIP. responsible. (21/04/2017, 11:29) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
      And this is why this blogger write this in an earlier report just for people like you living off another man's kindness yet filled with jealousy, envy and fostering wickedness and all forms of evil. (but God don't sleep... something is in the air and coming sooner than you all think you.)

      ...There are a lot of expats living here in the BVI from all around the world who don't think much of BVIslanders at all and are just here to take advantage of whatever they can have. They like that we have US currency and easy access to the US and they only see us as a pit stop on their way there. They talk negatively about the BVI and its people and think everything about us is a joke but yet still they are here. They boldfully admit they are using us and brag about all that they build back home and how much money they have in the bank and how they will be leaving soon. They have no interest in learning about the history or culture of the BVI people yet still the premiere and ministers keep bragging about how diverse we are while the indigenous population dwindles and constantly get disrespected. Then they wonder why young BVIslanders don't want to return home once they leave. This only further solidify some of these expats arrogance in thinking we need them so they can do whatever we want. Then when we finally get around to making laws to tighten restrictions and monitor who comes and goes, people kick up a storm in outrage to protect these same people who laugh at us behind our backs.

      Take for instance the law that passed last year making it mandatory for foreign boats to clear customs. So many people, including BVIslanders made a great fuss about this saying how it's a violation of rights and the government is too strict but that standard had already been into effect for many countries all around the world. Then two weeks later a charter boat from St.Maarten was found in our waters uncleared. Furthermore, it turned out that the company from which the boat came habitually sold BVI tours and day trips without any permission from our goverment. To this day, not one red cent has been seen from this foreign tour company that sells the VI (yes, they are still selling us). It makes you wonder, how long has this been going on? How many other people have been doing it? And how many unknown, undocumented people have been moving through the BVI all this time? How could have something like that have had been happening in a post 9-11 world? Why is it people expect and approve lawlessness in the BVI?

      I'm not quite sold on fingerprinting all the expats who enter the BVI but I do agree we need to do more indepth background checks. We also need to keep monitoring expats once they come to the Virgin Islands. We need to know if they changed jobs or got a raise, if they got married or had children (regardless of whether they are home or in the BVI). We need to ensure they are paying their taxes, their rent, thier kids school fees and whatever else. In the most recent article about Santo who murdered Alston Penn, Santo claimed he was estranged from his VI girlfriend and renting a place but had no fixed income. How can you be a foreigner in a country and not have a fixed income? How have you been surviving then? Had tabs been kept on him maybe..... because he would have been on a watch list for deportation. Then on top of that, this man who had a work permit but no stable job had the freedom to come and go here without being a citizen? Again, how does this happen in a post 9-11 world?

      The BVI is clearly behind on survalince and need to get with the program.



    • Get Real (22/04/2017, 00:14) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      You people need to stop being so gullible and fooled by these Ministers. They have no power over NATIONALTY Legislation These laws come from the UK. Don't let them fool you with this independence talk. Most independent Caribbean countries with much more resources than us catching hell. That is why most of you run from your 'independent home countries' to come here.
      • @Get Real (22/04/2017, 10:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        (Don't let them fool you with this independence talk. Most independent Caribbean countries with much more resources than us catching hell. That is why most of you run from your 'independent home countries' to come here.)

        'AKA' Walwyn's peps. Yet he up there with his stupidity and jealousy trying to cause our nation to fall to. He is the poster board for why the VI need stricter immigration laws as soon as possible.
  • Bohannon. (21/04/2017, 09:39) Like (23) Dislike (13) Reply

    Those children that this d**ce is speaking about can claim citizenship from/in the country of origin of any of their their parents. Go read the constitutions of those countries fool. This topic is old and self serving for this j*k*r who was born here to expat parents. Maybe, just maybe his being in the house of assembly might need investigating.

    • @Bohannon (21/04/2017, 11:13) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      So agree!
    • Not true (21/04/2017, 11:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is true for most countries but not all... I know a couple from Zimbabwe who had to go back to Zimbabwe from Tortola to have their child because if born here the child would have been stateless.
      • Boo (21/04/2017, 22:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Wrong! The British Nationality Act has provisions in instances where children would be stateless. You are spreading pure lies and propaganda!
  • True (21/04/2017, 09:45) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Children born in the BVI from none belonger should still become belongers but they should not be eligible for an automatic UK passport and if they just put this piece of legislation into the law books then the UK would no longer have this anarchic colonialism law
    • @True (21/04/2017, 21:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Let's put a it to a vote... most BVIslanders don't want or agree with that. This is not America.
  • Our best and most Serious minister. (21/04/2017, 10:11) Like (15) Dislike (20) Reply
    Doc. Give Myron the Ministry of health and Agriculture..These are the two most important Ministry and they are failing and fading very badly. Time to have an agricultural industry that provide our Hospital and Nation with fresh, home grown healthy food.. These two industries require our best and most Serious Minister...Myron is that man..
    • @Our best and most Serious minister. (22/04/2017, 10:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What will he do over there...'build another million dollar unfinished wall at Paraquita Bay to'?
  • i born here yet i still not from here! (21/04/2017, 10:27) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    this Talk all issue ie so becoming of ministers now this is not the first second nor third time this issue has been brought up before i am a child of 2 expact paents who thanks to the fight of a former politician managed to get myself and siblings our rights to this country. i am a strong believer of where ya born is where ya from but...... the virgin islands government sees persons like myself who were NOT born of local parents as outsiders and because of this when a child is born here the parents are forced to go to their home country and secure a passport for thier child this system needs to change NDP we put you people in power to work with us Not against us most of you keep preaching the children are our future answer me which children are you talking about most persons here come here to make a better living for themselves they call OUR country home yet you treat them as if you dont want them here. some persons are living here for the past 10-20 years they apply for citizenship you take months to even a year to get back to them they get children here after spending so much years in the BVI they now have to go back to their country to apply for passports y is this so when their children were born HERE?????
    • Boo (21/04/2017, 22:05) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Sigh, because of the British Nationality Act. Why dont you petition your UK parliamentarian to change this UK law? This is a UK law not a BVI law. Dont get caught up in Myron's smoke screen.
    • @i born here yet i still not from here! (22/04/2017, 08:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is an immigration issue and the parents are to blame ... many can not receive rights in the VI so they try to get rights for their child but this is not America. Your mother had options she could have returned to her home country and have her child she knew the laws as a migrant labourer, but still you have the right of your mother's country and father's country. Many of my family members were born in the US but have returned home and are very happy. If you are unhappy with the laws etc. you can do the same.
  • Yes,Yes and Yes (21/04/2017, 10:32) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    I agree with Myron on this. He is 200,000,000% correct.
  • Virgin Islander (21/04/2017, 11:54) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    I must admit, this if Effed up..... But we go to St. Thomas and get American status instantly....Talk about hypocrites...that we are...
    • i was hacked (21/04/2017, 12:47) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      say it again
    • @virgin islander. (21/04/2017, 12:57) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      I agree. Not only hypocrites. A very, very Selfish people.. We not to really stop calling ourselves a Christian community.
      • Boo (22/04/2017, 10:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Sigh, Why don't you google the British Nationality Act and read it instead of here talking piddle?
        • @Boo (22/04/2017, 16:38) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
          I believe everyone have noted your comment.. Please stop
          • Boo (23/04/2017, 09:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
            Unfortunately some people here need constant reminding, including some politicians.
    • Edward J. (21/04/2017, 15:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Virgin Islander: Don't be surprised if the Trump Administration changes automatic birth right citizenship laws in the US during his tenure in office. For the information of the uninformed, there are some law makers in the US who supports doing away with automatic birth right citizenship.
    • Comment (21/04/2017, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Virgin Islander, speak for yourself...'some go' I would not and Many who can't wish they could and Many who are not born here and can 'do go'. Tell it all... leave nothing out.
    • real virgin islander (25/04/2017, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are not a virgin islander. Virgin islanders know they can't go to St Thomas and get status instantly. They know they have to the US embassy and apply for a green card. If all goes well, they will be called by the embassy and issued a green card: this can and usually takes years. A green card only gives residence status. Green card holders are not US citizens. After several more years they can then apply for US citizenship. You must stop spreading lies to suit your own agenda. This process can be undertaken by any citizen from any country in the world. Why do you have grudge virgin islanders for that? You can do the same. The Virgin Islands used to be a crime free territory before the mass influx, so the US had no problem issuing green cards. It is clear you are not one of us.
  • wet (21/04/2017, 12:35) Like (12) Dislike (23) Reply
    Myron go sit down
  • Speak all (21/04/2017, 12:50) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    I don't I will votell for myron all the way
  • Interesting (21/04/2017, 13:04) Like (19) Dislike (12) Reply
    Myron the way you put this across is as if its the BVIslanders fault. No wonder there continues to be so much animosity towards us. Its because of people like you who set bad examples. You full well know this a law that was not created by BVIslanders or the BVI Government. Instead of rambling tell these people you claim to be looking out for what you have done in an effort to reach out to the mother country about their law. Because some voters are soo uninformed they don't even realise that all this hot air you are blowing is nothing. You're in Government two terms now - what have you done. Stop this rambling that is getting the matter nowhere. Get from here with your divisive empty nonsense. Talk is cheap...but unfortunately some who don't know better fall for this kind of nonsense.
  • son of the soil (21/04/2017, 13:30) Like (15) Dislike (16) Reply
    This islandboy want to give a way this place?
    • I will (21/04/2017, 16:01) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
      @Son of soil, he is not trying to give away anything. He is only trying to make things better. By the way, I am giving him my vote come next election.
    • NDP Wise Up! (21/04/2017, 23:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Many of our men are not going to stand for this foolishness. Ronnie you need to talk to your party members.
  • UNICEF (21/04/2017, 13:49) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    It was a bit of silent in the HOA when the part was read on how the children can become stateless, and be placed under the umbrella of temporary migrants, and no elected member stood to their feet in support.
    • consultant (21/04/2017, 17:36) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      An aspiring politician came to.me for Advice because he wanted to run and I said to him. "This subject is a winning subject". 45 percent of voters are Xpats. And 30 percent of BVIslanders votes are also enfluence by Xpats through marriage, friendship and relationship...This is the issue that you have to stay with and it will bring you home.
      • @consultant (21/04/2017, 22:01) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Your figures sound truly off and you need to stop given people bad advice. Myron got in because many votes voted NDP 'all the way' and he got extra because of the xpats who split their votes but voted for him. I thank the U.K. for having more wisdom to secure their boarders and people than many of these sorry politicians that cares more about their Xpat wife's __ (fill in the blank), desires, and hidden agenda.
      • Really (22/04/2017, 08:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am sorry to burst the bubble of all of you who believe that erroneous stats of expats over belongers. Do you know that adults and children of BVI people born in the US are considered immigrants/expats according to the definition of the Department of Statistics? So you all not over running BVI PEOPLE!
    • @UNICEF (22/04/2017, 08:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They were silent because they all know the U.K. Laws and they all know that we have lax immigration laws and that people like to find loopholes into another man's country and they often use their children to gain sympathy, but as we all can see 'even the US is getting wise to this scheme'.
  • Observer (21/04/2017, 15:55) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hon. Walwyn, I think there should be a process to this step. Seeing that the BVI is indeed a small island, with limited resources, every child born here should not automatically be entitled to rights and privileges if his parents has not contributed here. I think the grant of a Passport at birth should be dependant on the length of time a parent or parents reside in the BVI. For instance lets say a parents has been living working contributing for 10 years. If that parents just reach last year they should not have the privilege to have a passport if they give birth here in the BVI. This is not cruel, this is wisdom.

    In addition to this I think we need to find ways to attack indigenious Virgin Islanders to VI jobs. That way we can slowly reduce the number of new work permits and renewals. I think while there will always be a level of migrants, its crucial for the culture to be preserved. Do get me wrong diversity is good. It has its place but to preserve one culture, no one can do a better job that its indigenious people.



    • @observer (21/04/2017, 22:08) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Look who you are trying to give wisdom to? This man knows what he is up to 'he wants votes'... he is a politician...and a childish one at that.
  • concern (21/04/2017, 16:21) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    How many of you agree, these children shouldn't have rights, but your children are born Americans but you live in the BVI. Hypocrisy at its best. We all know how many BVI landers go PR to have their children just for US Citizenship. Ridiculous man. These children of Expat don't want a damn thing the BVI have to offer - as the BVI don't offer much.
    • @concern (21/04/2017, 22:45) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      If they don't want anything then they don't want rights either? (Sour Grapes) Who is the greater hypocrite, the one who have an option to have their child in another man's country freely and does so, or a people who enters a foreign country and observes the privileges afforded to that countryman and burns within themselves with envy wishing they too and their offsprings could has that same privilege but because they can not they option to have their children in these people country knowing full well that their laws are not the same and would not apply to their offsprings... yet still in anger over their child's circumstance which 'they themselves' placed on their own child scream Hypocrites!
  • Online Now (21/04/2017, 16:27) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just think, if the expats children were given status, there would come a point in the future when you would no longer need expats in the BVI, there would be enough people in the new generations to fill the jobs while having the Territory as their absolute priority! They would be encouraged to invest in a place where they would have a future rather than thinking about where to make their future lives, somewhere they call home or somewhere their parents emigrated from. Sometimes, you need to look at the big picture and not think me, me, me.
    • @Online Now (21/04/2017, 23:01) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Sounds like a fairytale to me and one that have failed in the USVI. Resources cannot sustain indigenous residents and foreign residents children. Have anyone in this fairytales spoken to the indigenous youths of the country and inquire of them if they are willing to cut their inheritance up and share it with these many foreign children? Or sorry I guess it's all about xpats children and not the indigenous child.
      • Online Now (22/04/2017, 08:02) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Exactly, I'm talking about best for the Territory not me, me, me. Count the number of expats, this place needs a population boost of non imported labour. What inheritance are you talking about? Land? Right to work? Work to reside? How would this impact their inheritance?
        • @Online Now (22/04/2017, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          You share a pie that serves 12 with 50 people and tell me if that pie satisfied you? ( as I stayed check out the USVI economy because of lex immigration policies, they tried it out and they have not succeeded would it be any different for us? 'NO' ... Plus this is not up for debate the UK does not want this and neither does the majority of the indigenous population of the VI so foreigners do not have a say in this matter.) They can go to your country and make all the immigration rules and regulations they wish to make 'if only they would'.
  • VG Realist (21/04/2017, 17:11) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Elections are near so them scoring political points. Check them out for the next couple months.
    • @VG Realist (22/04/2017, 08:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      True, we saw them on the campaign trail in the parade. Walwyn was using little children to get votes. They were on his campaign float pushing this same drama. That man has no shame. Who does this at a parade?
  • A stateless child (21/04/2017, 17:20) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Please fix this matter all I want is be able to get my passport with ease and stop worrying about being deported!
    • Boo (23/04/2017, 09:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please stop telling fibs. You have a passport or are eligible for one. The one from the country from where your parents came from. If you were not so eligible then the British Nationality Act would allow you to have a BVI and British Passport. Stop fibbing!
  • Solution.solution.solution (21/04/2017, 17:22) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    First let's put the laws in place step by step. 1/ No expats should born a child in the BVI under 3 yrs of their continuous stay. 2/ Children born of Xpats Children who being residing in excess of three yrs but not exceeding 5 yrs those children would be instant resident statuse..3 / Those Children that born after five years of expats parents continuous residence Children will be come instant belonger. 4/ No Children born of Xpats Children no matter the length of residency will be given automatic naturalization. This status must be applied for after the child achieve the age of 16.
    • Boo (22/04/2017, 10:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wonderful! Now lay your bill before the UK parliament for consideration as an amendment to the British Nationality Act! Wait you aren't a UK parliamentarian? Please then sit down. You fail to recall that a BVI Passport then leads to a UK Passport hence UK will always call shots on this!
  • Truth (21/04/2017, 18:01) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    just political propaganda Myron trying his usual fooling tricks get from here boss
  • Antigua & Nevis (21/04/2017, 18:20) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    none of his parents from here so I know how he feels
  • shark (21/04/2017, 19:34) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    its the laws that were passed on from England go there and voice your opinions,these politicians cannot do a thing about it and they know that.
  • VG (21/04/2017, 21:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    mvw with his rant as usual shows disturbing dictatorial tendencies. Power has gone to his head.
  • DON Q (21/04/2017, 21:59) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I find sick mw argument disingenuous, and is wholly political criticism without merit.
    One Love!
  • I for Myron. (22/04/2017, 09:51) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Myron knows​ how to win... He is a winner. Like him or not. He is very couregeous.. Will get my vote on this subject alone. But I will be listening and watch for his follow-up speach. With solutions and Action.
    • Boo (23/04/2017, 09:34) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      You realize it is just talk? talk without the power to vote on this issue unless he is voted into the British Parliament? Politicking for the next snap election to get that vote. The vote of the myriad of persons on the voter's list who are not born in the BVI.

      Lets talk some issues that our politicians actually have the power to control:
      1 Registering their interests as required by law
      2 Passing campaign financing legislation, human rights legislation, and whistle blower legislation
      3 Actually allowing the PAC, Auditor General and other important accountability structures to function
      4 STOP waiving the darn tender process for everything
      5 Actually complete audits of the Pier Park and Peebles Hospital Construction
      the list goes on
  • son of the soil (22/04/2017, 09:58) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    we are allowing too many illiterate island people who cant read in this country
  • JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL (22/04/2017, 22:44) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    @ Voter You need Jesus ..you're so bitter... People like you is what make God sad. Aren't we all human beings. BVI belonger and expats are one. I don't care for the citizenship for the BVI... When we die all of us going the same place. I can't wait to hear what most of you will say on judgement day. Arguing and fighting for God's earth. Smh... Expats pay so much money for work permit yet everyday you have to hear you're not from here. I pray for all of you who think this beautiful island belongs to you.... It doesn't. It belongs to God!!
    • @JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL (23/04/2017, 20:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Jesus also stated that we must conduct our affairs with wisdom and obey the laws of the land. If these laws protect the citizens of a country it was put in place for a good purpose. If you do not like the policies you can stay in your own country and work and have children with less stress for it too belongs to God.
  • optimistic (24/04/2017, 10:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    In our hearts and in our laws, we must treat all our people with fairness and dignity, regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
    Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of the you.
    " STOP THE HATE ".
  • Strupes (24/04/2017, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well my God look who is talking about doing the right thing...The one who accept a set of expat in the public school...smh...
  • Captain Hook (24/04/2017, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ALL I HEARING IS THAT THEM PEOPLE FROM OTHER PLACES LOOK DOWN ON BVI PEOPLE AND USE AND ABUSE THE COUNTRY AND WHATS NOT....NOT EVERY PERSON WHO MIGRATE TO THE TERITORY IS LIKE THAT!!!!....AND TO GENERALISE THIS THING IS *WUTLESS AND NASTY OF AYO*.....THEM DUTTY PEOPLE WHO AGAINST THESE INNOCENT CHILDREN HAVING A PLACE TO CALL HOME MUST RELAX. LET ME TELL YALL SOMETHING......MOST OF THE PEOPLE LIVING HERE AND WORKING HERE AINT FROM HERE AND WHILE ALOT OF THE LAZY A$$ FOLKS DONT WANT THE NASTY WUK YALL REFUSING....WE DO IT AND DO IT WELL....AND DONT COMPLAIN....WE WORK HARD AND YET OUR CHILDREN IN LIMBO?????? WELL WHAT DE @$$ IS THIS........STRUPS...I DONE TALK
  • Proud BVIslander (24/04/2017, 15:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand and acknowledge many of the concerns however, The bvi is not a sovereign state and must abide by the laws of the uk. This message is being framed as if the issue is a result of a Bvi imposed law and it is clearly not. It applies in the U.K. Itself and all of its territories, the politicians know this. One needs to dig deeper and read between the lines. Would the U.K. amend this for its territories and not for U.K mainland itself? Highly unlikely. Furthermore children of non-bvislander parents who were born and live in the territory for 10 years without leaving for more than 90 days can apply and may be granted citizenship. The door is not as completely sealed shut as it is proported to be. You don't even have to read through the entire British nationality act to find this , Google " botc citizenship" on www.gov.uk and do your own research, please seek out your own facts instead on relying on rhetoric steeped political mileage.
  • Lorna (26/04/2017, 22:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon Myron should be demoted forthright !!! Backbenchers here i come !!!


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