Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Opposition applies to annul amendments to Immigration Regulations

The Opposition does not support and, in fact, is seeking an annulment to the Government's amendments to Immigration Regulations.

That's according to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar who made the announcement at the Monday Night Forum (MNF) meeting at the Aranguez North Secondary School.

"What the government has done, on the 24th of May of this year, a few days be­fore the reg­is­tra­tion exercise, they pub­lished something called 'Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tions', so they are amending the existing immigration regulations. It was on­ly a few days ago it was brought to our at­ten­tion because of the way the law is framed they had to lay it in the Par­lia­ment and that's the only way we were able to find out."

She said the regulations took effect immediately. Persad-Bissessar further noted that the registration process for Venezuelan migrants was possible because of those amendments.

"They changed it in order to do what they did, to register the Venezuelans."

Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader said that they had 40 days from the date of publication to seek an annulment, which they did. However, it is unlikely that they will be successful as the government only needs a simple majority to pass the amendments.


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