Lawmakers to tackle immigration amendments

| 06/04/2011

(CNS): Cayman’s elected officials will be taking up their seats in the Legislative Assembly on Thursdaymorning to deal with five pieces of legislation, two of which relate to the islands’ immigration laws. In what is likely to generate lively debate on the floor of the Cayman parliament, the government is proposing to amend the immigration law to clarify how people who have been deported from the islands can return to live here. People are usually only deported for breaking immigration regulations or as a result of another criminal offence. Government has said it believes the law needs to set timelines for how long deportation orders and exclusions should apply to those who have been kicked out of the country.

The second change to the immigration law will beef up the security arrangements for the submission of passenger and crew manifests by arriving and departing aircraft and cruise ships. The amendment expands the duties and obligations of local agents, captains or pilots of planes and ships, requiring them to provide the particulars of the passengers on board their vessels or aircraft that intend to disembark at, or embark from, the islands, as well as the particulars of members of the crew and any other person on board the cruise ship.

The legislators will also be dealing with The Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2011, the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2011 and the Securities Investment Business (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

It is not clear if this will be the last sitting of the current meeting before the House is adjourned in preparation for the budget session.

Last year the premier changed the Public Management and Finance Law to remove the requirement that government bring its appropriations bill before the end April, which allows him to bring his administration’s spending requirements to the LA any day before the end of the financial year in July.

The legislative meeting starts at 10am, when the doors will be open to the public to see their elected officials in action. 

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  1. Loren says:

    The problem with Cayman is lawlessness. We have allowed ourselves to become just like any other Banana Republic. From 1503 to 1980 these islands were the standard bearers of good governance and laws but all that went out the windows and were replaced by the influx of greed and crimes.

    There was a time in Cayman when there was respect for the law and each other but all that has changed. There is tolerance for ganja smoking in public places, corruption, disrespect and the list continues. I remember not so long ago that if a non native was arrested for drugs they would be gone but this does not seem to apply anymore or maybe it’s a matter of where you are from or your employer. There was a case in court where a male and female were arrested and several pounds of drugs and drug utensils were found in their residence but the female is still here working at a job in an office a position that can be filled by a young Caymanian. why is this allowed to happen? in 2010 anything happens in Cayman, just not what will benefit Caymanians. I feel so sorry for my country because I can see where it is going and what will happen here very soon if the trend continues.

  2. Loren says:

    I am sure that Mr. Ellio Solomon will find the solution to the problem as he always can, way to go Ellio you are one of the great politicains of the day for being so you. I know you will fix the law for once and all.

  3. Andy says:

    Because of this New Constitution, you’re going to see a whole load of sh%t made into law! If PPM was in they would have been doing the same. Remember they spearhead the implementation of this Constitution. If they were in, you still have a Premier, Perks for the Premier, and the responsibility of making news to harmonize with the new Constitution. And let us say that Alden was Premier and not Bush, do you seriously think that Alden would refuse the perks or ignore the responsibility of making new laws for this lousy document.

  4. The Crown says:

    Well i have never heard! Can they really do this without consulting the people? What kind of message are these gig’s sending to past & potential criminal’s. I must be dreaming. Everyone involved with the Estella Scott Roberts Foundation must be thrilled right now! Un@@*inbelievable!

  5. IRON CLAD says:

    Imagine… With ALL the other PRESSING ISSUES such as EXISTING and RAMPANT CRIME, here we have these GOONS putting this very recent bill up as priority to be dicussed. My God, the repatriation of DEPORTED CRIMINALS should be the LAST on the list of bills/dicussions by our worthless politicians who are being paid TOO MUCH for the WASTED SPACE, FOOD and OXYGEN that they ARE.

    This bill should NOT have any priority whatsoever. I dont care – it could be ME ME ME who would like to allowed back into this or any other country.

    A 50cal on the rack and the whole bunch lined up…

    IRON CLAD to the MAX

  6. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    This government should address real issues in Immigration like underfunding, understaffed & a lack of proper enforcement of the immigration laws that are NOW on the books, because of inadequate staffing and improper utilization of Information Technology that is readily available the department is still in the ice age in many areas.

    What this government should address is all the "underhandedness" that is allowed to go on Immigration, why don’t they address the ineffectiveness of their foolhardy increase in immigration fees that continues to drive business away from our shores, Mr. Bush once admitted in a meeting at immigration that his government made a mistake with raising the fees and that theywould fix it, I’m still waiting along with the public for this to happen, but I suspect he will probably roll the fees back in late 2012 to try to gain support for the upcoming election.

    May 2013 can’t come fast enough for the people to rid these Islands of this inconceivable incompetence that has gotten hold of the government, they are lacking and are so disconnected with the public that they can’t even gauge public opinion on certain issues because they are so ignorant.

    Everybody deserves a 2nd chance but deportees should enjoy their 2nd chance in their country – this government seems to think we here in Cayman should welcome one and all, why would a deportee want to come back here? I’ll tell you why, because their home country wants no part of them, what makes these fools for a government think we want them here?

    Down with BIG MAC and the fries.


  7. anonymous says:

    Time to recall this government.

    Time to send a delegation to the UK voicing the grief of the people caused by this government.

    Someone has to go to the UK soon!  Is it the commissioners? who?

    • B.Dog says:

      A waste of time! The UK don’t want us! They want money and all the tax evaders to come back to the UK! And they’re silent because they have the same sort of laws up there.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Last year the premier changed the Public Management and Finance Law to remove the requirement that government bring its appropriations bill before the end April, which allows him to bring his administration’s spending requirements to the LA any day before the end of the financial year in July.

    The legislative meeting starts at 10am, when the doors will be open to the public to see their elected officials in action….

  9. Anonymous says:

    Human Rights? That was when you were allowed into Cayman the first time. Now that you have been found guilty of committing an offence you are DEPORTED. The deported rules are NO Return – ignorance of the Law/Rules are no excuse, that’s what Ms. Ramsey-Hale tells us all the time.

    You messed up Bobo, now you got to GO! An if a politician wants to bring you back, then they need to go too.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    3rd world!

    • B.Dog says:

      More and more when I see the Governor so SILENT on such issues, I am convinced that they really allowed TCI to get as bad as they did to declare full british rule on them. Talk about their doctrine of “good governance”! Haven’t seen it yet!

  12. Tara says:

    Given the figures recently published indicating our great leader is earning just shy of $25,000 per month – are we really going to sit back and watch him debate the pros of bringing convictedcriminals back to the Island whilst we pay him just shy of $140 per hour???

    The lunatics really have taken over the asylum and I’m just astounded that there is even a need to debate this – it would be very interesting to hear not only who instigated this motion for discussion/debate but more importantly what their reasons where for doing so.
    I’m inclined to agree with “Anonymous 07:34” below that “the only reason why any politician would want to allow deported criminals to return would be that there are voters who miss their deported associates wishing the law to change”.
    When did our leaders stop doing what was best for the country and simply do what was best for them personally?  When did we as a “Christian” country stop putting others first and start putting ourselves first?  We wouldn’t have people pointing fingers at the Christians calling them hypocrites if instead of preaching about the virtues we simply lived them.
    Mckeeva and his band of merry men and those of the opposition are elected to “serve” the people not serve themselves – can we not ask them to simply do what they have been elected and are paid (and paid well) to do?
  13. Anonymous says:

    zzzzz….what about changes to the rollover law?????

  14. Anonymous says:

    The only reason why any politician would want to allow deported criminals to return would be that there are voters who miss their deported associates wishing the law to change, our counrty’s national security should not be compromised by such selfish and corrupt governance.

    • Anonymous says:

      What happened to the rollover? 


      Why on earth would the Cayman Islands entertain the idea to bring in people who were deported?  Why, why should we allow them back into the country?  They were deported..that is it case closed.  Government implemented a rollover period which a lot of good people had to return to their home…Now Government wants to allow deported people to be allowed to come back to the Island.  They all need their heads examined…we have our own home grown criminals we don’t need more rif raf here. 

  15. Anonymous says:

    Lets start with the drug dealers then the drug users . Aren’t they the real problem in this island. The robberies ,burglaries, the assaults. They are always going to look for 50 new customers. All they need to find is one tourist who is willing to send his story to CNN and then ask people on the street. WOW then we will have a problem.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Only in Cayman would the Government debate how long convicted criminals have to remain out of the country when there is a long line of honest, decent people only too willing to contribute to society being sent packing after 7 years !

    I give up sometimes…….

  17. concerned CAYMANIAN TO THE BONE says:

    Sometimes I get really sick at my stomach just to think that our CO’s and elected members are getting paid high salaries just to come up with such lost cause laws.

    Please, Please, officers of the most high office when you want to start talking about pardoning criminals start in your own back yard first. We have good and upright Natives that have criminal records (yes they have served their terms and is living amongst us) for decades that cannot get employment, can’t travel with their famalies and here we are trying to populate or already infected community with skalawags, scums bags and harden criminals so that the voting community can become larger.

    What a bunch of igronant leaders this country got! The likes of our past fore fathers must be turning in their graves to see what this little country has come to.

    I’m ashamed sometimes to call myself a NATIVE of this Cayman Islands that was lost since 2001!

  18. Anonymous says:

     Criminals should be deported forever.  We can classify what kind of crimes would warrant that such as murderers, rapists, and pedophiles.  

  19. Common Sense says:

    I agree that deportation time lines need to be reviewed and set. One hundred years should be the starting point!

  20. Michel Lemay says:

    Why fo God’s sake would we want these criminals back in the first place. It worries me because some that were given status such as the victim of the home invasion had recently been in jail. He would not even been allowed to vote and how many more of those around? We have no clue. Stop bypassing the judges and the Immigration and place at least a 20 or 30 years memotorium period. The problem is tose given status irrevocable so it may be difficult to deport them and think how many voters we could loose should it be investicated. Only in Cayman boy.

  21. ANONYMOUS says:

    It is a reasonable change for the above mentioned issues.

    It needs to be reasonable and practical for all parties affected