December 21, 2012
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FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday hit out at criticisms levelled at him by former Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, calling the former minister’s conduct “stupid and unpatriotic”.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that he does not think the idea of high net worth expatriates gaining Bahamian citizenship in exchange for investments would work in the Bahamas as it “would not fly well” with the local populace.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell warned Dr Myles Munroe yesterday “not to mess” with him, charging that “just because someone sits on a pulpit and hides behind theology does not give them the right to make vile, slanderous statements”.
RANDOM immigration road checks have sent droves of people to the Department of Immigration this week, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
AFTER being shelved for a decade, the government is working to resurrect an agreement between Haiti and the Bahamas on work exchange and immigration procedures.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said criticism of his travel habits is “politically motivated,” adding that he is allocated about $120,000 per year for travel purposes.
THE government says it has moved “one step closer” to attracting much needed new capital and investment to the Bahamas with last week’s trade mission to Dubai.
THE government is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organisation for Migration to garner international assistance with illegal immigration.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has ordered an investigation into the possibility that Cuban migrants are entering the Bahamas intentionally in an attempt to “destabilize our country.”
AGAIN refusing to comment on the release date for the report into Cuban detainee abuse claims, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell insisted there has been no fallout for the Bahamas’ reputation due to the controversy.
AS MIAMI-based protesters celebrate a perceived human rights victory, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell remained tight-lipped yesterday over the issuance of visas to Cuban detainees by Panama.
FRED Mitchell, Fox Hill MP yesterday branded opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ expulsion from Parliament as a “manufactured crisis” in a bid to flex his political prowess to fellow FNMs.
THE fate of the embattled Cuban detainees in Bahamian custody will be announced today, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday.
MONDAY is the Emancipation Day holiday and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell is offering best wishes of the people of Fox Hill on the 179th anniversary of the freeing of all slaves.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell is encouraging Bahamians at home and in Miami to defend the nation’s reputation ahead of planned protests tomorrow by Cubans in Miami.
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell has hit back at his FNM predecessor, saying Brent Symonette’s comments diplomatic appointments were irresponsible.
HERE we go again. Another claim of beatings, torture, sub-human conditions at the Carmichael Road Immigration Detention Centre.
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell cautioned Bahamians not to jump to conclusions over the temporary suspension of non-immigrant visa services at the US Embassy.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday announced that he will spend a substantial amount of time in the Middle East and Asia hunting down new funding sources for the “capital-starved” country this fiscal year.
AS the authorities continue to fight crime, the government yesterday signed a treaty that is expected to better monitor the trade of firearms and ammunition brought to the Bahamas from other countries.
A CUBAN national is still at large in the country after a group of inmates attempted to escape custody from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell confirmed yesterday.
THE government has every intention of granting work permits to foreign workers for positions where Bahamians aren’t readily available, says Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.
FORMER Cabinet Minister Loftus Roker yesterday said he does not sympathise with Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell on his plight to clean up the country’s illegal migrant problems.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says he is concerned a new generation of young Bahamians are unable to use their wealth to invest which could spark extra growth in the economy.
FOLLOWING private sector shock over a “raid” at Atlantis and subsequent “visit” to Baha Mar by Immigration officials, Minister Fred Mitchell said it is “regrettable” that business spokesmen would berate and “defame” the Department without knowing the facts
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell announced yesterday that the government is considering opening a resident Honorary Consul in Chicago to help enhance the relationship between the Bahamas and the people of that city.
FREEPORT – Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said the government will no longer allow industrial companies to apply for work permits without labour certificates showing that there are no Bahamians available to fill the jobs.
EVER since I read the Sir Lynden O. Pindling Distinguished Lecture of 2003 by then Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell – “What it means to be Bahamian” – I have wanted to confront Mr Mitchell on the remarkable inconsistency between what he articulated as his personal views on Bahamian identity and the public policy carried out by the Department of Immigration.
THE Immigration Minister yesterday accused The Tribune of “hijacking” the debate over the Government’s proposed work permit policy, alleging that this newspaper was “protecting its own interests”.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell hit back at critics over the much debated proposed change in immigration policy with respect to work permits.
THE minister responsible for immigration yesterday urged the private sector to stop complaining over work permits and instead help the Government tackle skills and training deficiencies within the Bahamian workforce.
FOLLOWING heavy criticism from business leaders over the government’s intention to cut back on work permits, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell refused to respond to “anything specific” and advised critics to simply read what his statement says.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has defended two trips where he travelled abroad on government business.
EXPATRIATE workers account for no more than 10 per cent of the Freeport industrial sector’s workforce, one executive said yesterday, telling Tribune Business that the real challenge was finding employees with the required skills at entry level.
THE Government is eyeing “substantial” fee increases for work permits, permanent residency and citizenship, the minister of foreign affairs and immigration yesterday publicly criticising named businesses for their approach to hiring Bahamians.
THE Department of Immigration is facing major challenges, not only with manpower and equipment, but also in terms of the money it needs to operate efficiently, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said.
RESPONDING to the FNM’s criticism of recent diplomatic appointments, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell accused the opposition party of wanting to “have its cake and eat it too”.
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that new radar technology could possibly help to combat the “issue” that is illegal migration into the country.