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Immigration minister apologises for Haitian migrant remark
Published on March 25, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

In what seemed to be last minute damage control in the lead up to Friday’s crucial by-election, immigration minister Don-Hue Gardiner apologised for remarks he made in the House of Assembly calling for illegal Haitian migrants to be hunted down and their lives made “unbearable”.

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Immigration Minister Don-Hue Gardiner
This statement was widely broadcast regionally and resulted in a series of attempts by Gardiner to mitigate the political fallout. Initially, he claimed he was referring to all illegal migrants and not just Haitians. Then, under further pressure, he acknowledged that a path to legal residency was more appropriate.

Now, on Thursday, when questioned regarding his comments on the Haitian radio station in Providenciales, Gardiner told listeners he was sorry for the comment and he was now planning to investigate and not repatriate those who are political refugees.

However, according to the local Haitian community, while appreciating the changes in tone from the minister, they do not believe he is sincere. This was illustrated by a statement by a work permit holder, who has been legally employed in the TCI for several years, when he said: “This was a political game to keep his job. I do not feel he is sincere.”
 
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Concerned Citizen:

Six for a Nine is an oxymoron! It all depends how one wants to look at it. The Haitian diaspora here in the TCI has been tricked by the PNP. Or should we say, fooled?

Immigration minister Don-Hue Gardiner is like the "fox" waltzing his way in the "hen-house" when he apologised for remarks he made in the House of Assembly calling for illegal Haitian migrants to be hunted down and their lives made “unbearable”.

Apologised, even Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder could had seen that joke. But no, Harold Charles, the Haitian Consulate or even Dr. Smith, could had told the Haitian community, not to fall for that.

But, then again, Harold Charles was too busy kissing up to the PDM with small talk and missed the bigger picture; the consulate was with the Hitian Premier taking pictures with Gov. Tood, and getting famous; and the poor Dr. Smith may have been "licking his wounds after being dejected by the Courts, and betrayed by the Haitian community, despite the fact that he meant so well for them. Oh, by the way, word is out on the street that the PNP has turned down his application to open and operate a school.

That we must confess, is sad, the country do need additional school.

So, immigration minister Don-Hue Gardiner statement made in the House of Assembly calling for illegal Haitian migrants to be hunted down and their lives made “unbearable” may materialise, and the PNP has indeed fooled the Hiatian community here in the TCI.

Concerned Citizen


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