Fresh call for immigration change
Members of the Supporting Fair Immigration Reform group tonight said the Premier’s claim that his party’s 21 electoral pledges have been completed was misleading.
David Burt’s Progressive Labour Party promised in its election platform to complete comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform to “ensure that the rights of Bermudians are advanced and protected, while recognising the need to grow our economy with fair and balanced work permits and residential policies.”
A spokesman for SFIR said: “As we have stated before, nothing has been released to the public since October 31, 2017 about immigration reform and we have speculated that this promise may never be completed if the government continues to stall with a resolution.
“Immigration is affecting Bermudians. We have Bermudians who cannot pass their Bermudian status to their children.
“If the PLP is to uphold their slogan of ‘Putting Bermudians First’ they have to look at correcting this injustice.
“It is also affecting people born in Bermuda who have become thoroughly Bermudianised and who know no other home.”
The group said that any reform should be designed to assist people born in Bermuda or who arrived at a young age and those with a substantial family connection to someone who already has Bermudian status,
SFIR added those who are integrated into Bermudian society through long-term residence and people who have otherwise made a significant contribution to Bermudian society should also be included.