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‘Minnis Is The New Mitchell And He Is A Menace To The Rule Of Law!’

Fred Smith

Fred Smith

By Fred Smith QC

THE Bahamas is now being thrown from the frying pan into the fire. 


What makes this worse than under the PLP administration is that Prime Minister Minnis keeps talking about respecting law and order and the rule of law. 


What he and his cabinet intentionally fail to understand is that the immigration policy enforcement is so illegal. 


All due process has been thrown out of the window!


How does “The Government” or “the Immigration Department”, or the “Immigration Officer” know someone is an “illegal”?


On what legal basis can the government justify falsely imprisoning and calling it “detention” as if that’s supposed to make it okay?


It is only the court that is the judge and jury under our constitution, not an immigration officer nor the director of immigration, nor the government!


I thought this FNM administration as promised by the Prime Minister would respect the rule of law as he pledged when he took his oath of office at Government House. 


I was there; I watched; I listened; I had hope!


Respecting the rule of law means taking people who are suspected of being “illegal” before a court, charging them and letting the judicial system deal with their guilt or innocence. 


Once proven guilty, then the government can execute the judgment. 


Whether it is to deport, or to imprison in accordance with the sentence imposed by a judicial authority.


For the last five years and now continuing under the FNM government, they have failed to abide by the provisions of the Education Act, Criminal Procedure Code, the Constitution, or the Immigration Act.


It is the government that is acting completely outside of law and order. 


No wonder crime is rampant in this country when there is so much lawlessness at the highest level of governance. 


And, if the government is really interested in stopping corruption at  the Immigration Department and at the Carmichael Concentration Camp, then deal with people in accordance with the law, not in accordance with some illegal policies of the Immigration Department.


If the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, Director of Immigration ,etc. cannot see and understand everything they have been doing is completely lawless, illegal and an abuse of the rule of law then they are being intentionally blind. 


They are pandering to a xenophobic public. 


They don’t see that huge human resources are being wasted and squandered; the taxpayers’ money being squandered in these raids, detentions and deportations instead of making thousands of people positive, contributing members of our society.


That is why I say the Bahamas has now been thrown from the frying pan into the fire.


Minnis is the New Mitchell and he is a Menace to The Rule of Law!


I say this because those in power now know better!


They have been educated. 


I have advised them. 


I have spoken with them. 


I have explained it to them. 


Judges have done the same thing... again and again and again!


The international community has.


They were part of the Opposition opposing this kind of conduct and they pledged themselves to the rule of law.


They are being intentionally criminally illegal in their application of the immigration laws and the Education Act.


This is a disgrace and Rights Bahamas intends to fight this as hard as possible.

I wish I could be expending my energies in constructive, positive, uplifting ways instead of having to fight the evil policies of this FNM government yet again for another five years.


Similarly with the spy Bill. 


It is worse than the PLP spy Bill.

What could possibly possess this FNM administration to come to the Bahamian public and then take away their right to privacy so abusively.


Pure hypocrisy on the part of the FNM.


And why do we need a spy agency? 


This Government doesn’t even have any money to pay the national debt; education; hospital; teacher salaries; and Freeport continues to deteriorate!


There are so many socially uplifting, culturally developmental, economically expanding and environmentally profound policies that can be adopted by the government.


What the government needs to do instead of threatening the alleged “illegals” – and let us remember that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty – is to spend time and energy and resources in regularizing people who have been here for decades; who have been born here; who have citizenship rights; who have residency rights!


Then the government should start to legally arrest, take before the courts and prosecute both alleged illegals and employers!


This can be done in a humane, systematic, orderly, cost effective and legal way.


What is the public policy sense in going on an illegal rage and rampage of illegal behaviour and to continue breaking law and order and to continue to disrespect the rule?


It is shocking how an administration that has been given a unique mandate to dramatically change the Bahamas for the better is so lackluster, visionless and barren of ideas they should continue to follow in the steps of the PLP.


Does the FNM really have nothing positive to contribute to the development of good governance in the Bahamas?


What happened to the Freedom of Information Act? 


What happened to resurrecting the Grand Bahama economy?


With this announcement, by the Prime Minister nonetheless, the FNM administration has shown itself to be nothing more than a PLP Fred Mitchell copycat!


I urge the government to rethink this declaration of war against the rule of law!


Stop, consult with public and civil society on the immigration issues, and develop a constructive and positive plan.


I am sickened by this approach.


It is a human rights disgrace. 

And yes it was a wonderful humanitarian gesture for the Prime Minister to open the arms of the Bahamas to assist our neighbours in Dominica, but not at the expense of abusing children born in the Bahamas to their own right to education!


Especially, how can the government in good conscience, invite, with open arms, children from Dominica into our public schools, at the Bahamian taxpayers expense, when children born in the Bahamas can’t even go to public school because of the illegal immigration and Ministry of Education policies?


I am so so disappointed, discouraged and exhausted by this lackluster, visionless and unthinking FNM administration which is just following in the footsteps of illegal PLP policies!

Comments

DDK 6 days, 6 hours ago

....and just who are YOU pandering to, Mr. Smith?

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BahamasForBahamians 6 days, 5 hours ago

Lol... The FNM apologist, brown nosers and a$$ kissers are now going to bash MR. Smith.

It was good and fine 6 months ago when he maintained the exact same mantra, but all of a sudden this guy is calling his concerns "pandering". My how things change.

Keep the fire Burning MR. Smith!

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Voltaire 6 days, 5 hours ago

Yeah DDK, what are you talking about? This is exactly what Smith has always said. He is merely being consistent. I love how around here, something is true only if your party saying it. LOL

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rawbahamian 6 days, 1 hour ago

Yeah, let us make all of the "illegals" legal so that they can complete their jobs exporting our entire economy back to their respective homes abroad as long as it is LEGAL for them to do so right ?

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sheeprunner12 6 days ago

These NGOs are as bad as the Church when trying to lobby Government for their pet projects ...... the Minnis Cabinet must remain resolute and not be sidetracked by human rights NGOs, the Numbers Cartel and the IMF/Moody's/S&P/OECD ........ Just Lead & Govern

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baldbeardedbahamian 5 days, 23 hours ago

Thank you Fred Smith, you have courage to say what you think is right. Expect a lot of Haters to react to your message.

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Emac 5 days, 23 hours ago

If it was left up to Smith, every illegal Haitian in this country would be given immediate legal status and $5000 to start life, with papers to a parcel of land for them to build a house for their family. The hardcore fact is that the HAITIAN illegal problem is unsustainable. No matter how the cookie crumbles it has to be deal with without prejudice or compromise. There will always be the few apologists who come out of the woodwork to try to make Bahamians feel guilty about wanting to protect our own interests. You see them commenting whenever Bahamian officials introduce some policy to fix the migrant problem. But little do these people know that Bahamians are catching on to their games. We know that their allegiances is for Haiti and her people. Any true Bahamian would want to rectify this problem.

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sheeprunner12 5 days, 22 hours ago

Haitians have infiltrated every aspect of our society ........ from the GGOffice to the police to the classrooms to the Parliament ....... they are 100,000 strong!!! Of course, they have a strong lobby influence here ..... like the Domi(nee)cans

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ThisIsOurs 5 days, 20 hours ago

"#It is shocking how an administration that has been given a unique mandate to dramatically change the Bahamas for the better is so lackluster, visionless and barren of ideas they should continue to follow in the steps of the PLP.
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This is a very harsh statement, but someone on the inside needs to tell them their issue is not "messaging",

there are some serious holes in their strategy for turning the country around...if they have one. The unease in the public space will not be solved by Facebook ads or call in to talk shows. Get experienced good people in critical positions. This is not a time for on the job learning.

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sheeprunner12 5 days, 11 hours ago

What are the "serious holes in their strategy"???????....... Pray tell

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ThisIsOurs 5 days, 4 hours ago

They have none. They believe just like the PLP, that all they have to do is improve PR. I could be wrong, I've been busier lately maybe I missed it (seriously), have you heard someone come forward with details on a national plan? Something other than bullet points. With timelines, costs, milestones etc...even something as simple as "these are bullet points we'll expand these in X days and get back to you on Y date. At that time we expect to have Z done"...

You always ask me these questions so I suspect you think I'm against Minnis and the FNM, I'm not. I am harsh on them, but I want to see them succeed with the right people in critical positions. If they continue to appoint the party favourite, nothing will change. Put together a proper vetting process for these positions and move the country forward. I'm not happy with the appointments at finance, we could do better. Did they staff the economic council? Do you know if it still exist?hopefully they've at least appointed some people who know about financial policy on a national level, and have more than ten years functioning in such a capacity.

I sincerely hope that the next IMF report speaks to the danger of having unqualified inexperienced, ethically challenged persons in key positions with no proper HR review process.

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OMG 5 days, 5 hours ago

To compare Minnis with Mitchell is like compring Hitler to Winston Churchill. Funny how we demand our politicians instantly change direction and be proactive but then along comes lawyers who themselves often have little in the way of a moral compass.

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