Permanent resident arrested by immigration

More
immigration-related arrests were made in two separate cases on Monday.

One
of those arrested is a permanent resident with the right to work.

“The charge facing this
professional-level worker is working without being authorised by an Employment
Rights Certificate,” Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Gary Wong said. “The offence occurred after the permanent resident failed to
pay the required fees which would allow him to work in the Cayman Islands. The outstanding amount is some $25,000.”

In a separate
operation, checks were carried out in the Eastern Avenue area of George Town Monday night by
a team made up of 20 Immigration Enforcement Officers and Royal Cayman Islands
Police Service officers.

As a result, two
Jamaican nationals were arrested on suspicion of having landed illegally. A
Caymanian was also arrested for obstruction of the officers in the execution of
their duties.

“This continued
enforcement drive is in the national interest. It targets all levels of law
infringement and is about protecting border security as well as detecting abuses
in the labour market,” Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans said. .

Ms Evans also
thanked the public for cooperating and reminded permanent residents to ensure
that any required payments are up-to-date or they would face being arrested and
fined.

She noted that the department is
able to impose administrative fines, which do not require the subjects to appear
in court or necessarily face imprisonment.

During a July immigration amnesty, 87 people representing diverse
nationalities took advantage of the opportunity to depart Cayman without
repercussion. An enforcement crackdown was subsequently implemented.

Cases detected
since then include overstaying, altering documents, working without a permit,
obstructing law enforcers and making false
statements.

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