News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – A town hall meeting will take place tonight (March 12) to discuss new immigration legislation tabled in the House of Assembly.

People are invited to CedarBridge Academy for the meeting about amendments to the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act.

National Security Minister Wayne Caines said the proposed intentions of the Bill would be detailed “line by line, page by page”.

The legislation, tabled by Mr Caines last Friday and scheduled for debate this Friday, aims to solve the problems of mixed-status families and settle the status of children born overseas to Bermudian parents.

Further reform is planned that will also affect permanent resident’s certificates and Bermudian status, “belongers”, such as naturalised British Overseas Territories citizens and the spouses of Bermudians, and the status of job-makers.

Mr Caines told the House last Friday that the Government was “committed to ensuring comprehensive immigration reform”.

He said that progress “requires time, resources, collaboration with stakeholders and strong leadership on this issue”.

The meeting takes place in the school’s cafeteria from 6pm to 8pm.