The group that lobbied in support of the controversial Pathways to Status Bill delivered by former Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy, has decided to change its name now that the Bill is not likely to pass under the new Progressive Labour Party (PLP) government.
Formerly known as We Support Pathways, the group will now be known as Supporting Fair Immigration Reform.
The Pathways to Status Bill sparked five days of protest action outside the House of Assembly last year with the withdrawal of labour, including unionised workers at the Hamilton docks.
A statement released by Supporting Fair Immigration Reform on Friday said: “We will continue to press the need for fair immigration reform and we will assist all public servants where we can. In the meantime, we wish the new Government well as they go forward to meet today’s challenges.”
While congratulating the PLP on its General Election victory, the group said they changed their name “to embrace the broader issue of immigration reform”.
“While Pathways was a good policy to embrace, we also recognise that this is not what any final immigration reform will like. Therefore, we will be known as Supporting Fair Immigration Reform going forward.
“Many members of the new Government, including the new immigration [home affairs] minister, have opined in the past on the need to address certain humanitarian situations. Let’s also hope that the new Government doesn’t reinvent the wheel but builds upon the work of the group chaired by William Madeiros.”