Protesters opposed to Pathways to Status flanked East Broadway early this morning calling for “comprehensive immigration reform”.
Flyers circulating urge residents to “direct your frustration” to one of four MPs listed by name with phone numbers, including Premier Michael Dunkley, and Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy, or call “your own MP”.
That flyer also warns: “If they can’t HEAR, they’re going to FEEL!”
The flyer states: “Todays traffic is slow because, having tried everything else, people are building a street vigil to pray for the Government to listen to the call for comprehensive immigration reform.
“All of Bermuda will benefit from this approach to reform as it will ensure:
1. “All voices will be heard,
2. “A responsible immigration policy that measures all impacts including, economic, racial, social, educational, cultural, environmental, and electoral;
3. “Bermuda opportunities will be preserved.
“Kindly direct your frustration to:
Premier Michael Dunkley, Junior Minister of Home Affairs Sylvan Richards, Attorney General Trevor Moniz, and Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy, or call your own MP.”
Pathways to Status seeks to change the law to allow any person who is ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 15 years to become eligible to apply for permanent residency. Any permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 20 years will also become eligible to apply for Bermudian status.
This latest protest started at 5am at Crow Lane this morning, and follows similar incidents, including chanting by members of the community in the public gallery of the House of Assembly.
The first public information meeting on the proposed plan hosted by Senator Fahy was shut down by protestors at the Anglican Cathedral Hall in the City of Hamilton. The Minister subsequently led a live televised interview on CITV.
By Ceola Wilson