Fingerprinting for permit holders soon come

The Immigration Department is waiting for the immigration law to be amended before it begins a new policy of fingerprinting work 
permit holders.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson told members of the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee last week that fingerprinting equipment was already in place and “ready to go” but could not be put into use until additional changes to the law were made.

Mr. Manderson said the equipment had been procured, but was not yet in use because “once we had a detailed examination of the equipment, it was found that we required some slight change 
in the legislation”.

The necessary amendments to the legislation has gone before Cabinet, the deputy governor said, and would be ready to go before the Legislative Assembly for final approval “within another week or two”.

“At that time, once the legislation is passed, we will be in a situation to start fingerprinting work permit holders,” Mr. Manderson said.

The policy only applies to work permit holders, but not to tourists or Caymanians, status holders or permanent residents.

Fingerprinting equipment will be in place at the Immigration Department office for foreign staff renewing their work permits, as well as at the airport for new arrivals.

The implementation of fingerprinting for work permit holders has been delayed a number of times. In 2010, the Immigration Department said the policy would begin in the fourth quarter of the year and then that was pushed back to the beginning of 2011.

North Side MLA Ezzard Miller said he had been under the impression that the legislation meant everyone who comes into Cayman would be fingerprinted, a suggestion that Premier McKeeva Bush insisted he would never support because it would be detrimental to the tourism industry.

“I’m not too worried about the work permit holders in that most of them would have to have a clean police record in order to get a work permit so we already know that they are of a certain calibre … I have greater concern about the people who just coming here through our immigration for a short period of time. It was my understanding all along that the biometric identification that was going to be provided by immigration was going to be all inclusive, including Caymanians,” Mr. Miller said.

“I don’t think it’s that disruptive to tourists to say they’ve got to put two little fingers on a glass box,” he added.

Mr. Miller said he was concerned that people who had been deported from Cayman may return under a different passport. “How do you know it’s the same person if you did not take his fingerprints?” he asked.

Amendments to the Immigration Law, debated and passed in 2008, refers only to the fingerprinting of work permit holders as a condition of their employment.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Fingerprinting the tourist is a bad idea how many crimes are the Expat’s committing? Sounds like Big Brother (1984) is coming to the islands!Please do not become a Police State like the US has turned into!

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  2. This makes perfect sense to me. Foreign nations entering the USA have to be fingerprinted every time. Fingerprints are a reliable source of tracking information and there is no reason to object to the implementation of this procedure here.

    If baffles me how persons do not object to the procedures we Caymanians have to go through to enter their country but once they (so to speak) come here a different standard is sought.

    Please. Get real.

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  3. This is a huge mistake. As Mr Miller said – expats are required to have a clean police clearance before having a work permit approved. It should be straight across the board or not at all.

    And by the way, it isn’t the expats that are committing the crimes in Cayman these days.

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  4. Just because the USA does this does not make it right. The USA has turned into a Police State with TSA groping passengers,TSA Vipor squads roaming the country,drones to watch the population now citizens can be arrested with NO charges, NO attorney can be held for as long as they want.
    It seems the slippery slope starts slow but picks up speed in the name of security!

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  5. Ultimately, it’s not fingerprinting the middle and upper class wage earners that are at concern here. From Countries with a high standard of passport and ID authentication.

    It’s main concern is fingerprinting people who come from countries, who can buy their passports, and new ID’s. Countries that are very close to here.

    This way, when those that come from those countries. Commit crimes on the island. Once sent off island, won’t be able to come back onto the island, with fake ID. Fingerprints never lie.

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  6. Here is a suggestion ! Go to Northward Prison check who is committing all the crimes fingerprint that group of people. That would be a good starting point !

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  7. Do you hear that sound?

    That’s the sound of more reasons to depopulate and the cost of administration and fees going even higher for those left over.

    At least we will have a collection of pretty finger prints to store in our new and expensive scan and save data collection and administration service already purchased, that is if it isn’t already obsolete for this initiative.

    How about instead of spending money to collect, administrate and store finger prints, we invest in improving the local economy and add value to Grand Cayman, job security and some healthy growth.

    Not to be cynical but it seems like we just keep doing the same things over and over but we expect different results.

    Stevie D.

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  8. Which expats is this silly idea being aimed at? Because if it is those expats, from certain countries (and you know which countries I am speaking of, so don’t pretend) that this policy is being aimed toward…well where I come from that’s called racial profiling and a violation of human rights. And BTW: I do not get fingerprinted when travelling through the US as a foreign national.

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  9. Lots of disagree to my post I see. Well, I do not know about Canadians traveling through the USA but I know that when Caymanians come through we have to place our fingers on the scanner to give our fingerprint, then have our photo taken.

    Once again, I do not see the problem with asking a foreign person coming here to do that.

    I am not sure why Ezzard Miller feels Caymanians need to be fingerprinted though.

    Dunno, maybe I missed something. I myself had been living in the USA for the past several years and my presence was carefully tracked by INS. That was standard procedure and I had no problem complying.

    But, that’s just me.

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  10. JustCanadian, you say you think it’s racial profiling.

    Well. What country is that illegal in?

    And it’s more country profiling. Not racial profiling.

    Racial profiling is targeting certain types of people, due to ethnicity, color of skin, or language.

    Targeting people who come from a certain place, there is no law against that.

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  11. I guess since Mr. Ezzard Miller is the only sensible thinking MLA, he realizes that crimes are being committed by Xpats and Caymanians.

    There are three people missing without a trace. Now that a UK national has been hit do you really think Duncan Taylor the governor and the Comm Police Baines is not going to push for some enforcement? Think again. this was not a Caymanian nor a Jamaican it was a UK national, there’s a difference where they are concerned. We have a UK governor and a UK Comm of police, people take care of their own its only natural.

    Its right to start with those coming into the country.
    There’s a higher risk there.
    Sorry but you’re not going to talk your way out of this one. Duncan will see this through.

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  12. Divejay,

    Tourism is secondary to the safety of individuals already living in our country.I disagree with you entirely.

    A hitman or hitwoman can enter the country as a tourists and if they are not fingerprinted as you seem to suggest; then they will do their dirty job whether murder, robbery, drug trade, human traffickingk, and get away scott free.It is unfortunate, but you seem to be completely naive concerning the true reason behind this course of action, regarding our national security.

    Tourists and everyone coming into the island must be fingerprinted or it makes no sense.
    Most heinous crimes are often committed by people appearing to be tourists, they enter and leave quickly,leaving police with little or no clues.

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