Where does compassion stop and idiocy begin?
Two BFP regulars are squaring off in the comments section. Mark L Fenty Sr. is calling for some sensitivity for our Caribbean brothers and sisters “visiting” Barbados. Another reader, “Observer” has had enough of illegal immigration.
Observer praises the DLP government’s recent decision to restrict health care, saying “Thank God that there was a change of Government else our social services would have been under further strain to cope.”
We’ve taken editor’s license to clean up some of the spelling and missed words that happen in the heat of debate and we’ve added the titles and subtitles too. If we’ve changed any meanings, I’m sure our friends Mark and Observer will let us know.
“DING!!! Round Two. FIGHT!!!…”
Illegal immigration problem caused by a failure to police the system.
by Mark L. Fenty Sr.
To those people who believe that Barbados isn’t going to reach a state of economic decline to the point where thousands of Barbadians are going to be flooding the more prosperous islands of the Caribbean: think again. This I believe is going to be directly attributed to the antiquated tourist industry that Barbados relies on so heavily for its foreign exchange, coupled with our insensitivity toward our fellow Caribbean nationals who reside in Barbados in an illegal status.
It is important that we restrain our own biases in order to make an objective assessment of this immigration issue. The people in Barbados have every reason to believe that there are being victimized by people who appear to be freeloaders. However, it is quite the contrary, because when I look at the people of the Caribbean I see a people who are independent, industrious, and who are dress with great sense of moral decorum.
I’m speaking as a Bajan who once lived in the city of Barbados among many Caribbean nationals who I considered my close friends and still do today. I have found most of them to be hard working and ambitious people.
Clearly our sense of right and wrong about this immigration issue are predicated upon our inability to objectively, logically view it without being emotionally charged. And therefore, we should not loose sight of the fact, that the issue of illegal immigration in Barbados should not be attributed to the Caribbean national unilaterally, but to the inability of an immigration system the failed to police the problem effectively.
Above left as a comment by Mark L. Fenty Sr.
Soft hearts and soft heads are the problem with Immigration!
So what, if you are wrong you cannot be right. No wonder why we have so much indifference in society, when people like you can argue that wrong is right.
I am not advocating that we disrespect our Caribbean brothers, but an illegal immigrant can’t expect to be here and not qualify for a service and expect to receive it. Soon you will be arguing that they should get welfare assistance as well.
I have no problem if Barbadians emigrate to greener pastures, but if they emigrate illegally then they should not expect to benefit from the social services, except for humanitarian reasons and that happens even in America.
Until Caricom deals with the issue of contingency rights, the debate will continue.
If people come for a vacation they should return home and apply to be in Barbados in the right way. It is people like you who encourage them to overstay and work illegally and marry for convenience and flout our immigration laws. Thank God that there was a change of Government else our social services would have been under further strain to cope.