Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said he will be seeking to amend a policy that requires expatriate parents to pay a ‘fee’ for their children who are ‘born here’ to remain in the territory.
The Premier told members of the media that he disagrees with the policy and will bring it before the House of Assembly for review.
He said the policy will be brought before parliament ‘soon’. He, however, said he could not guarantee the policy will be removed altogether.
“While I might say ‘this is what I want to do’, it depends on all 13 members [of the House],” Dr Smith said during a press conference at the Central Administration Complex on Wednesday, August 29.
The Premier made the statement just two weeks after government legislator Alvera Maduro-Caines raised fresh concerns about the Immigration policy in parliament.
At the time, Maduro-Caines told members of the House of reports that Immigration authorities have threatened to deport a one-year-old infant if its parents do not pay the fee in question.
“How could you threaten to deport a baby?” Maduro-Caines questioned; seemingly horrified by the report.
“It’s bad enough that the children can’t get a passport until they are probably 18 years, but to charge somebody for staying in a country that they were born needs to be addressed and it needs to be dissolved. I do not think it’s fair,” she added.
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