Bermuda begins deporting illegal immigrants

| 28/04/2010

(The Royal Gazette): Government has begun deporting persons living illegally in Bermuda – part of a "zero tolerance" approach aimed to rid the Island of foreigners working in contravention of the law. A Jamaican national was the first to go. According to Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing David Burch, the man had lived here for ten years before he was caught last weekend and escorted back to the Caribbean island by Immigration officials on Monday. And the Minister warned that a second deportation could be forthcoming. Stating that Government also holds information on a man who has lived here illegally for 20 years, he warned the unnamed individual to leave, before he was discovered and sent packing.

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  1. Pro Caymanian says:

    Let this be a lesson for Cayman!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bermuda Rocks, way to go Bermuda that’s why you are no. 1.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Should our government follow Bermuda and deport all those that are illegal this would be the best to happen in the Cayman Islands for a very long time.

    This is why Bermuda is such a high class destination, they do not succumb to outside influences and their government is always mindful fo the needs of the people.


    • Anonymous says:

      "This is why Bermuda is such a high class destination,"


      We need a few more murders, and more racial tension if we want to be as "high class" as Bermuda!!!!

  4. anonymous says:

    Cayman needs to follow suit and do the same thing.  We have a lot of labourers from the school projects, still on these Islands without work.  They have not been working since September or October of last year, but they are still here.  That scares me a lot!  We have a lot of domestics here as well working all over the place, as their employers are either out of a job or cannot sustain them in their jobs, so they are soliciting work all over the place.  These people needs to go home, but they won’t unless told to.  So in order for them to survive they will have to do job that are unlawful.  We need our immigration enforcement officers to go, door to door to check on all these labourers that are out of work, round them up and send them home. Plus we still have a lot of overstayers, working under cover.

  5. Limey says:

    Maybe Cayman can also follow in Bermudas footsteps and start issuing 10 year work permits as well

    • Anonymous says:

      If Cayman had continued to follow in Bermuda’s footsteps they would have been in a far better positon.  The leaders of Bermuda rule Bermuda without  outside influences and like it our not they have a far better immigration policy that Cayman.  I really wish Cayman would follow Bermuda to the letter of the law. Read the below link in its entirety.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks for the insight, one would have to be making a hefty salary just to cover basic needs in Bermuda.  I did notice however, the Govt. payrool tax @ 15%, I suspect this is where the Premier is heading with his proposal of 5% deduction.  Although it might start out 5%, but in time to come, it will probably rise as much. 


        Interesting facts though…..

  6. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if the Premier and the Politicians read the entire article.  I hope they understand that the government of Bermuda is protecting jobs for their people.  They are deporting and uprooting unwanted guests/over stayers from there country and surely isn’t looking to protect them, thereby maligning their own people.

    It is time for us to lead by example and if that is  impossible, then follow what another ‘territory’ has shown us they are doing.   Had we gone that route, instead of issuing ‘status’, we would not have half of the problems, we have now and will continue to have.  Wake up, it is time see with our eyes and understand, if we have a brain.    

  7. Anonymous says:

     Yes you are right. 20 years residence and no rights?…….Hmmmm sounds wrong to me. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hope Cayman follows in the footsteps of Bermuda. They  need to also deport peolpe who are here on a work permit but are not working. The employers that have people on work permits but no job for them should also be charged.

    • Anonymous says:

      I totally agree that those who have acquired work permits and have no work for the people should be charged. On another note does Immigration have any idea on how many overstayers that we have on our Island? A suggestion for Immigration is that they get on the streets and start checking passports and they would be surptised. If they dont have their passports on them then they can accompany them backk to their abode and check them there.

      • Anonymous says:

         This doesn’t even require all that,don’t we have a record of all who enter or leave this island,atleast by air,i know of simply programs that could put a red flag on potencial overstayers etc.they could even contact these people a month before thier time/permit is up.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t follow the logic surely anyone who is here on valid work permit is the responsibility of the employer as to whether they are working and continue to be name in a valid permit?   Now if you has said anyone here on an expired permit or an employer contnuing to hold a permit where no work exists then yes

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s refreshing to see that places can still exercise their zero tolerance after not caring for 20 years.

    • Anonymous says:

      This goes to show you can’t out run the long arm of the law in a country that has zero tolerance for law breakers.