Where is thought process?

When my home was broken into in July, I felt horribly violated.

Prized belongings were taken from me as strangers invaded the privacy of my intimate world.

That day, several homes in the George Town area were burglarised.

I am therefore as concerned about crime-reduction as my fellow citizens and residents.

I agree that more needs to be done to combat crime and to protect our borders from would-be-criminals-the alleged perpetrators who broke into my home had arrived on-island only days before.

I realise that the new visa process is intended to allow only legitimate visitors to enter our islands.

In principle, this is sound logic.

In practice, however, the ramifications are unfortunate.

For example, many domestic and construction employees on our island are from Jamaica and Honduras.

In order to provide their invaluable services, these women and men must often leave their children behind.

With a significant portion of their wages already being sent home, it is unlikely that they will be able to find the money for the visa-application fee(s), thereby making their children unintended victims of the visa-process.

I am left wondering whether other options could have been explored.

For example, an information exchange with Honduras and Jamaica could have enabled us to compile a watch-list of persons who should be barred from our islands.

Granted, this wouldn’t have garnered as many headlines as the visa-issue has-with the accompanying tough-on-crime points for the PPM-but it could have perhaps achieved the same goal without any disparate consequences.

Charles D. Bush

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