EDITOR, The Tribune.
The upcoming referendum has it merits, its positives and negatives, but the statelessness of thousands of people born in The Bahamas and cannot be identified with The Bahamas or any other country is sickening.
I have been burdened with this for too long. We have family and friends who are mixed in this boiling pot. This most degrading and humiliating experience for too many, must be addressed and addressed forthwith.
Too many would look the other way, turn a blind eye or cover their ears because they don’t want to hear it, but this larger than life elephant in the room is getting bigger.
Today, more of us are either descended from or associated with Haiti. It is no secret that Members of Parliament are Haitians or with heavy connections. Every profession is loaded with Haitians. The Police Force, Immigration, Customs and the Prison are soaked with people from Haiti.
So to think that this does not affect the very fibre of The Bahamas would be asinine.
Successive governments, intentionally would not addressed this because they want to continue to exploit the people. Immigration officers want to continue their shakedown on unsuspecting Haitians, pretending to detain them at the Detention Centre to collect money, some Police offices shake down to get “lunch money”.
It is not right, that law-abiding Bahamians are sitting idly by and saying nothing. We know that the stateless people are angry and getting angrier. I would be angry too, had I been in the same predicament.
The present government would do this country a favour, by appealing to their humane side and fix this vexing problem. Clean up the situation and maybe, just maybe some of the crime and unrest that is being visited upon our country will subside.
Let us stop saying that this country is a Christian nation and prove it by our actions
IVOINE W. INGRAHAM, JP
May 21, 2016.