The people of the Cayman Islands, both citizens and residents, have
been presented with what is, in our view, a rare opportunity to effect change
in the country’s immigration policies.
Anyone living here can participate by going to the public gathering outside
the Glass House today.
They can also use several options to submit comments to members of the
Term Limit Review Committee through 31 December detailing their views on what
is arguably the most controversial aspect of Cayman’s Immigration Law: The seven-year
term limit on foreign workers’ residency.
We feel we are correct in saying there is no other provision included
in Cayman Islands Immigration Law that has elicited the same intensity of
reaction or has had such a profound impact on the fortunes of the country than
the so-called rollover policy. Yet, it continually amazes us that so few people
seem to understand a) how the policy works, or b) what it seeks to accomplish.
During the next few weeks, everyone has a chance to educate themselves
about the law under which they are governed.
In addition, those same folks may now have input on what they believe
should be done with the term limit policy.
We would encourage the public to resist the tendency toward cynicism in
thinking that ‘oh, the government won’t pay attention to what I have to say.’
If that is the view, the government surely will not listen.
However, if participation overcomes apathy for once in this country, we
might actually be able to make a positive change that will improve the future
of the country for all.
In any case, if people don’t take the opportunity to make their voices
heard, they have no right to complain about the proposals the Term Limit Review
Committee eventually comes up with when it reports to Cabinet in March.
Now is our chance, we hope everyone living here will take it.