Name change for immigration reform group
A pressure group that campaigned in support of former home affairs minister Michael Fahy’s controversial Pathways to Status Bill has changed its name.
We Support Pathways will now be called Supporting Fair Immigration Reform after it admitted the original legislation is unlikely to be passed by the new PLP administration.
The group said the name change was designed “to embrace the broader issue of immigration reform”.
Their statement added: “While Pathways was a good policy to embrace, we also recognise that this is not what any final immigration reform will look like.
“Therefore, we will be known as Supporting Fair Immigration Reform going forward.”
There were widespread protests last year against the OBA proposal that would have allowed some people, including long-term work permit holders, to apply for Bermudian status.
The group released a statement congratulating the Progressive Labour Party on its General Election victory, with specific mention of Walton Brown as the new home affairs minister, who is responsible for immigration, and Patricia Gordon-Pamplin on her appointment as Opposition leader.
The statement said: “We will continue to press the need for fair immigration reform and we will assist all public servants where we can.
“In the meantime, we wish the new Government well as they go forward to meet today’s challenges.”
The group added: “Many members of the new Government, including the new immigration minister, have opined in the past on the need to address certain humanitarian situations.
“Let’s also hope that the new Government doesn’t reinvent the wheel but builds upon the work of the group chaired by William Madeiros.”