After reading, observing, and listening, to all the various views and rants about the new immigration rollover policy, I have to say it appears that those against it are just seeing it within their own personal view, but let us look at this dilemma on a national level.
First have we observed how many kids we have in all our schools including kindergarten and primary?
Can the Cayman Islands provide jobs for all of them?
Including everyone or even half of the ex-pats here? Not to mention how many more want to come and live with us. (That is good to know)
We are a good people; that is one reason why we have over 100 different nationalities living with us. Another reason is we have more jobs than local people, we also have one of the highest standards of living, which comes with a high price that many are willing to pay and stay for.
Cayman is and has been providing for so many we have now paid back sevenfold. I keep hearing those against the rollover policy say they have done so much for this country since they been here, but ask yourself what this country has done for you?
Since many of you have been here you have been able to school your children, send them to college, build a home or apartment, and start a business back in your country all by means of working in the Cayman Islands. Many of you have been able to get a US Visa because of working here after three years.
If I was an expat I would be very thankful to any country that gives me seven years to work there especially with the dollar value being so much more than that of my country. Did you see it that way?
Do we realize that every seven to 10 years we have a generation of teenagers that need a job in our workforce?
So we need to make space, and replace but in a prudent way.
This will be a difficult task to do, but we must in order not to cause us much worse resentment than has already started to surface.
I agree that there are people that should be exempt from the rollover policy, especially those that are taken care of our elderly and those in various areas of our workforce.
Every time we try to set a policy to protect our Isles and people and our future, it always seems to get condemned and shot down by those who seem to see it as a threat to their own personal gain.
We want to run the core of our islands eventually. We are becoming much more aware of this and are getting the education to do so.
Joseph (Lebbie) Yates