Questions tabled in the House of Assembly by The Hon. Michael C. Pintard, M.P. Member of Parliament for Marco City Leader of His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

Sep 20, 2023

  1. Will the Honorable Minister Bell provide this Honorable House with the date that the employer of the 65 Chinese “cured” the matters?
  2. Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House on the dates and transportation method used for the Chinese workers in question to gain entry in the country?
  3. Will the Honorable Minister Bell state if the work permits for the individuals in question were made before their entry into the country or expired?
  4. Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House how long the individuals in question were in country before being discovered by Immigration Officials? Have the 3 workers who had documentation been identified? If so, were they fined for overstaying and / or deported?
  5. Will the Honorable Minister Bell provide this Honorable House with the average processing time for the average work permit application versus this particular employer?
  6. Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise what the Government is doing to ensure that another incident like this does not happen again?
  7. Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House if the individuals in question are still in country?
  8. Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise in the 62 individuals / workers are in possession of their passports and documentation at this time?

9.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House who was the individual who had the passports and identification for the 62 individuals and under what circumstances were the passports and identifications held or are they still in possession of their passports and other documents?

  • 10.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House if this individual was investigated for Human Trafficking as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlights this act as a violation of the Trafficking in Persons Act?
  • 11.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise who gave the directive if the then Acting Prime Minister Cooper denies any involvement with this matter?
  • 12.Will the Honorable Minister Bell or the Honorable Prime Minister of Finance table the BIA Agreement that incorporated these workers?
  • 13.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise if the 3 identified workers were fined with overstaying or deported?
  • 14.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House who is the developer that employed these individuals and the irregularities pertaining to this matter?
  • 15.Will the Honorable Minister Bell and in his absence the Prime Minister advise if an application made to the Immigration Dept requesting permission for the individuals to be admitted to land in The Bahamas? If an application was made, was it processed and approved? Was the application made pursuant to the HOA?If no application was made on what premise were they landed in The Bahamas?
  1. 16.Will the Honorable Minister Bell and in his absence the Prime Minister give the reason for the apprehension of the individuals? Were the individuals arrested for entering The Bahamas in breach of the Immigations Act?
  1. 17.Will the Honorable Minister Bell and in his absence the Prime Minister advise if a comprehensive report provided to the Minister by the Immigration Director concerning this matter?
  2. 18.Will the Honorable Minister Bell and in his absence the Prime Minister give cogent reasons for superseding the decision of The Director?
  3. 19.Will the Honorable Minister Bell and in his absence the Prime Minister advise what is the ratio of Non-nationals to Bahamians at the project and does the number of non-nationals fall within the accepted ratio?
  4. 20.Will the Honorable Minister Bell and in his absence the Prime Minister advise if he give direct or specific instructions to the Director of Immigration and if so was or were they in writing and explain the reason for superseding the Director’s decision?
  5. 21.Does the Honorable Minister Bell, and in his absence the Prime Minister, accept that the Director is responsible for administration of the Department?
  6. 22.Can the Honorable Minister Bell, and in his absence the Prime Minister, confirm that there a number of matters before the Supreme Court & the Magistrate’s Court questioning the validity of citizenship issued by the Minister?
  1. 23.Can the Minister, and in his absence the Prime Minister, confirm whether the Director of Immigration has been sent on administrative leave or is scheduled to be transferred?
  2. 24.Will the Honorable Minister Bell and in his absence, the Prime Minister, confirm whether he in any way affected the placing on leave the Deputy Director of Immigration in January after the actions executed at the British Colonial Hotel?
  3. 25.Can the Honorable Minister Bell, and in his absence the Prime Minister, say what the justifications are for his Ministry placing on leave the Deputy Director of Immigration and then extending such leave multiple times covering the period today?
  4. Will the Honorable Minister advise this Honorable House on the exact timeframe Mr. Rancine applied for citizenship? Saying he did so under the previous administration is not specific or sufficient.
  1. 27.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House what was Mr. Rancine’s immigration status prior to his application? Was he a work permit holder or a permanent resident with (or without) the right to work?
  1. 28.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House on what date his application was advertised in the newspaper as is required by law?
  1. 29.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House if both Mr. Racine and his wife renounced their Haitian citizenship? When did they do so?
  1. 30.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House in light of his admittance that his actions were “unorthodox,” why he proceeded in the absence of Senior Immigration Officials?
  1. 31.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House when did the deceased person’s application went before the Immigration Board (The Cabinet) and when was it approved?
  1. 32.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House if the spouse and children’s applications went before the Immigration Board (The Cabinet) and when were they approved?
  1. 33.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House if the citizenship certificates were prepared in advance of the administration of the oath? Were they signed by the correct signatories and sealed with the correct Immigration seal?
  1. 34.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House if this was an isolated incident and if this was the only time this took place?
  1. 35.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House if it is true that a similar “unorthodox” ceremony took place at a local government primary school a week before this funeral incident?
  1. 36.Will the Honorable Minister Bell advise this Honorable House of how many other promises for citizenship were made by this Minister and how many of them does he intend to keep?
  1. 37.Will the Honorable Prime Minister advise this Honorable House when he as Chairman of the Immigration Board, will confirm his knowledge and agreement to the unorthodox administration of the oath of citizenship?
  1. 38.Will the Honorable Prime Minister advise this Honorable House if the Prime Minister and the Cabinet did not approve, then when will he ask for Minister Bell’s resignation or when will he fire him?

July 26,2023

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