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PM’s Immigration Comments Called “Idle Boast”

The Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, Senator Fred Mitchell says “Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis  can be accused of being a political hypocrite if he does not act on his posturing on Immigration matters as reported in the press  yesterday.
“We expect the Prime Minister on Immigration to put his money where his mouth is on immigration.  Quite frankly nobody believes a word of it. It’s called idle political posturing just like he did when calling for the death penalty.”

He called the Prime Minister’s comments “ yet another  idle boast.”

Senator Mitchell was reacting to comments made by Dr. Minnis on Monday when he called on Bahamians to obey the immigration laws and complained that too many works permits were being issued.
The  Senator said, “the public must not be fooled for one second about the Prime Minister’s concerns on immigration and work permits and permanent residence. It is fine to say he is going to cut down on work permits, but the reality is that the Government has come to depend on immigration permit revenue to pay for its annual expenses.
“Immigration permits contribute some 50 million dollars annually to the Treasury,” he said.
Mr. Mitchell said, “the other issue which practically arises is that the main category of work permits dispensed are those for maids, housekeepers and gardeners.  When the PLP indicated that it would cease all work permits for maids, gardeners and housekeepers, there was almost a revolt.
“The feedback is that Bahamians and residents here want to be able to freely choose who works in their homes. They argue about privacy concerns and dependability.
“If he thought he had problems with Lyford Cay when he raised their real property taxes, watch what will happen to our Prime Minister if he tries to wean them off their foreign maids and gardeners.  We do not believe the FNM and their Prime Minister have the stomach to do what he says. It will never happen and we dare him to try.
“The Prime Minster therefore knows that he can do nothing about it and will pay a political price if he tries to do so,” said Senator Mitchell.
It is yet another idle boast.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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