Recently I had a chance to talk to a few people from the outside world about their reasons for being here on Cayman. Most of them told me the same thing; that they came here to work and send the money they made home to their country.
They had no interest in the Cayman Islands or its people; only their work and whatever they could get their hands on to send out of Cayman.
As I gather more information from these people, they left me with a feeling of real pirates robbing a floating ship, then after they have stolen all the goods on board, they now turn around and are cutting up the ship and selling her to buyers from many different parts of the world.
This is the type of picture the outsiders painted.
For me, as I got them to talk to me, when asked such simple questions as do you know why the Cayman Islands is tax free I got answers like this: ‘I don’t know,’ from someone that has been sending money out of this country for more than nine years. They went on to state, ‘I do not give nothing to this country. Not even one hour to help for example the hospital or anywhere else’. These people do not have any real love for Cayman or the Cayman people; just to use us in any way they can. As a matter of fact, I didn’t receive any positive input from these people about Cayman.
Most of them said that the people here were enslavers and did not speak good about this country or its people, only the fact that they could make good money here and send it home.
Like most Caymanians, being kind and sharing and peaceful and nice in so many ways, my heart went out to many of these people that come to our shores for a better living.
But at this present time I do not feel that way anymore toward those that are just here to use Cayman and the Caymanian people.
The time has come for us to step up to the plate and put these invaders in their place. We must stand up against those that label us lazy and don’t want to work. How did these outsiders come here in the first place unless we were the ones that worked so hard to build up this Island to a level that became so high that we need them to help now with the bigger picture of upliftment of our people and our Islands. After all, we came from thatch huts to the best houses in the world. I say to all of the people from the outside world that thinks that the people of the Cayman Islands is no goo in your eyes, please leave us and go back home and take your way of life back home with you along with your bad ideas about our people and Islands. We really do not need you here on Grand Cayman to pull us down
Emile S. Levy