Visa issue clouding real risks to Cayman

The recent hubbub over the new immigration policy is absolutely unnecessary and totally avoidable if everyone who is not Caymanian realizes one simple fact: living and working in the Cayman Islands for non-Caymanians is not a right but rather a privilege.

As such, and I am not an attorney, I would be willing to bet that these ‘rights’ are much more defendable than the ‘privileges.’

Furthermore, the Cayman Islands Government has the right and the responsibility to dictate immigration policy to those seeking to come to the Cayman Islands – not the other way around.

If the government truly believes that a certain segment is abusing the privilege of living and working in Cayman, then they have no alternative but to take the steps they deem necessary to prevent the abuse from continuing.

Some may cry ‘foul’ or ‘discrimination,’ and it may very well be just that, but at the end of the day the CI Government maintains the authority to control its borders as it sees fit.

Such is the case in the US. In the United States, the government has gone so far as to build fences along portions of its 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico, install security cameras and even contract civilian forces to ensure that Mexicans do not freely and without discretion enter the country.

People inside and outside the US see this as isolationist and separatist, but at the end of the day the US can no longer afford to allow it to happen.

Although the immigrants are well-intentioned and contribute to the economy on one hand, they put an unnecessary financial strain on the US’s social services. It’s not a matter of character – it’s a matter of economics.

A sound and strict immigration policy is vital to a country’s economic viability; which is why every developed country, and most under-developed countries, has well-defined immigration policies.

Perhaps what everyone here should be more concerned about is the fact that we have a health care system that is mired in debt; comprised of a number of doctors of questionable qualifications or whose licenses have been suspended or revoked; managed by boards with no experience, education or training to oversee such a system; and rampant with cronyism.

Physicians mis-diagnosing patients, pharmacists stocking and dispensing drugs past their expiration date, nurses without the skill to properly triage patients – all of these problems exist in Cayman but no one seems to want to step up and take the lead role in finding and exercising the obvious solutions.

Fire those who are not qualified; align the HSA with Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal or some other hospital ‘chain’ with the skill and expertise to properly run a hospital; create boards with qualified members who can properly oversee the day-to-day operations and create a system of health care provision that is one that people fly to not from.

So regardless of who the Government decides to let in it’s easy to see that we are all in the same boat. If the current state of affairs with the health care delivery system in the Cayman Islands continues, living and working in the Cayman Islands will no longer be a privilege but rather a risk – for everyone.

And remember this: in spite of any immigration policy – racist or not – a poor health care system will kill Jamaicans just as easily and readily as it will kill Americans, Honduranians, Britons and Caymanians.

Name withheld by request

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