I would like to comment about the seven year rollover policy for expatriates.
Some people are saying that Caymanians resent expatriates.
Others are asking if we can’t just get along and still others are saying that the whole situation scares them.
The Cayman Islands was just a sleepy little village where everybody got along and knew everyone else.
In the 1970s expatriates began pouring into Cayman and some Caymanians found themselves thrown out of their rented houses to make way for them because the landlords were offered higher rents.
If that wasn’t enough, some of the expatriates tried to stop ours sons from fishing from the iron shore; those that lived on the beach did not want the Caymanians to swim in front of their houses.
They built walls to try to keep the Caymanians out. The Government of the day had to step in to control the beaches as they are today.
Cayman has, over the years, attracted people from every nation. Amongst those who came here, there have always been those who did not come to live and work amongst us but to try and rule us, not knowing who the Caymanians are. We are a proud set of people and you are welcome among us as long as you do not try to tell us how to run our country.
We even had Christians, who came to our island and built their churches, preach against our Government. Their testimonies are about how the Cayman bosses treat them so badly.
Compared with where they came from Cayman is a paradise and they would not have what they have here were it not for the Cayman Islands.
They also played their part in splitting the island, because we worshipped together before they came here.
I have not heard or seen any of the churches blessing our children for what the islands have done for them. I only know of one preacher that started doing so.
This was after I told him that his denomination has been here so many years and did not do anything for the children. When he started giving to the kids in East End at Christmas, some in his congregation did not like it. They accused him of discriminating.
I am a Caymanian who is married to an expatriate. I am very pleased when the people who work with him tell me how nice a boss he is. Even those not working with him anymore have told me that what they know he taught them. I can only speak of one other person that I know of who has the same attitude and she was here from the days of Interbank. Why cannot all of these expatriates do the same?
Don’t people understand that where the action is these people appear? Tomorrow, if a neighbouring country should open up, then we would see how quickly everybody would pack up and go, seven years, or no seven years. It is all about living big, owning a lot of money and going where the action is.
The people who really wanted to live and work among us came here many years ago, when we were just building our island to receive tourists. I do, however, appreciate the contributions made by wealthier expatriates to the islands’ infrastructure.
The rollover policy is not a sin. The sin is when we speak against our government.
We are told in the scriptures to pray for our leaders that they will not hinder us from worshipping God.
Some people do not understand that we go to the polls and vote for whom we want, but it is God who does the changing of the guard.
Man has proven to God that we cannot run the world, so there is no such thing as a perfect government. What is happening in the Cayman Islands is not the government’s fault.
We have flourished for the last 30 years or so and I thank God for that. God is using the Government to have this rollover policy because things are changing again.
We will not go back to where we came from but there will be change as we can tell by the things that the Ministers are doing.
We have opened our arms and islands to so many people over the years; many of who have take advantage of us.
We have prayed and cried out to God, now it is time for Caymanians to look out for Caymanians again.
Those of us who are scared about how the rollover policy will affect the real estate rental market might consider renting apartments to poorer Caymanians if they can no longer find expatriates to rent them.
Even if they cannot get the rents they want, it would be better than having their properties empty.