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Mixed status family legislation to be tabled

Immigration legislation to tackle the problems faced by mixed-status families is to be tabled in the House of Assembly today.

Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, will also make a ministerial statement on the subject.

The legislation was expected to go before MPs in July last year.

Mr Caines said, at the time, it was pulled from the order paper because of “important elements that remain unresolved”.

A bipartisan committee on immigration reform was set up in October 2017 to review mixed-status families.

The committee also looked at Bermuda status and permanent resident's certificates.

Cases of mixed status include families where one parent holds Bermuda status or a permanent resident's certificate, while a spouse or children do not, despite being born on the island.

The Government's delay came under fire from the Opposition in September last year.

Sylvan Richards, the Shadow Minister of Home Affairs and the Environment, said postponements to tabling the Bill indicated resistance in Cabinet.

House of Assembly (File photograph)

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Published March 06, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated March 06, 2020 at 10:50 am)

Mixed status family legislation to be tabled

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