Antigua defends amnesty for foreign nationals

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The Antigua and Barbuda government has defended its policy of providing an amnesty to foreign nationals working and residing in the country, dismissing suggestions that it is merely a political ploy.

“What do you do with a young Jamaican male who has four children in Antigua by an Antiguan mother, has no criminal record, fights every day in terms of his work to feed his children? Is it reasonable that we uproot him from his children and send him packing to Kingston?”

“Is it fair that we do not recognise the fact that he has no criminal record and is making a contribution to national development? It is those kinds of cases we hear every day,” Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister E.P. Chet Greene told Parliament.

He told legislators on Tuesday that the amnesty would be granted to persons who have been in the country for years and have been continuously contributing to its growth.

He said with the increasing need for a larger labour force as a result of the increase in developmental projects, it is a “no-brainer” to help migrants who abide by the laws of the land remain in the country.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Is that the BESTEST arguement you have…if so why she dnt marry him and file for him……afterall she gave him 4 kids ….still NO MARRIAGE PROPOSAL…….wouldnt he stand a better chance of citizenship? ……. IF HEWAS TREATING HER RIGHT?

    PLEASE YOU FOOL NO ONE …….

  2. How many born and bred Antiguans looking for work and can’t find? Since the immigrants find work then it means they can pay their taxes to the country. And that’s not all because a plot of land right there waiting for then as soon as they become citizens (part of the deal) when the same born and bred Antiguans can’t get a piece.

    If your seat is parliament is important, then treat everybody with respect and let them reward you by this noble action.

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