A group of concerned citizens are hoping to use social media to steer as many legislators to vote against the Government’s expatriate regularisation initiative at Friday’s sitting of the House of Assembly.
This is according to Claudia Hodge, one of the members of a committee formed to oppose the initiative. The said committee also spearheaded an online petition on the matter.
Following a meeting with Premier Andrew Fahie at the House of Assembly offices on Wednesday, Hodge told BVI News they are hoping to urge the elected officials to remove their proverbial ‘political hats’ and replace them with their more patriotic BVI hats.
“We have canvased some of the representatives individually. But, we weren’t able to get a read from them because they are all tight-lipped as to how they feel. [But], we will not stop. Starting tonight, we are going to start on our social media blast and we are going to encourage persons to WhatsApp, text, and call their representatives and ask them to vote no against this initiative,” she said.
Hodge further said they will not stop their campaign to oppose the regularisation initiative, even if it is approved in the House.
We are fighting to remain relevant
Hodge said their fight is to stay relevant in their own country.
“Let’s look at the social impact, let us look at what would happen to us as Virgin Islanders in terms of us maintaining our relevance in the territory. Yes, these folks are here, but they are not competing with us in that regard as yet. When you make them normal as us they are competing with us for trade licenses, they can now purchase properties,” she said.
“If you open the flood gates and allow persons who have access to more money to purchase the land, how are our kids going to afford it? So you are putting us at a disadvantage in our country. Where are the laws or policies that would give us some type of protection?” Hodge asked.
The anti-regularisation campaigner said she along with the other concerned locals are hoping to get some of those questions answered in official correspondence from the Premier today.
She is also hoping the Premier’s promised amendments to the initiative will reflect the best interests of Virgin Islanders and Belongers.
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