November 4, 2013
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THE demand for passports has tripled this year compared to 2014, forcing the collection time to increase from eight weeks to 12 weeks, according to Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that the government will use every resource to fight any smear campaign against the country.
THE Department of Immigration will host a multi-agency planning meeting ahead of intensive immigration checks set for Abaco.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday dismissed calls for an easing of immigration policy restrictions to meet the private sector’s demands for foreign talent.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday refuted recent claims that the government’s new immigration policy would prove ineffective due to a lack of legislation and said “no legislation is required” to enforce the restrictions.
GRAND BAHAMA Human Rights Association Vice President, Joseph Darville, has accused Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell of using “new rules created out of thin air “ to target children born in The Bahamas.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell is confident the government enjoys the support of most Bahamians for its latest immigration restriction, which mandates that children of non-Bahamians have a student permit to attend school.
IMMIGRATION MINISTER Frederick Mitchell accused the Grand Bahamas Human Rights Association of “rank hypocrisy” over its stance against the immigration policy and personal campaign against him.
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration yesterday defended the government’s recently announced immigration restrictions for children, stressing that they were in accordance with the Immigration Act and a part of the Christie administration’s wider policies.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday the Department of Immigration is introducing “a new regime and pricing structure” beginning February 1.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday he is “lobbying within the government” for a “livable” increase in minimum wage.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell could not say yesterday when a United States ambassador to The Bahamas would be appointed.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell will hold a series of meetings in Abaco beginning today in the hope of educating residents about a planned immigration exercise on the island.
HEALTH insurance and proof of adequate housing could be mandatory requirements for employers seeking permits for foreign labourers, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell revealed yesterday.
THE Carmichael Road Detention Centre has been operating without governance procedures or rules since it was established in the mid-1990s, Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell revealed yesterday.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell delivered a multi-layered defence of the government’s new immigration policy during his address before the Organisation of American States yesterday, emphasising that this country conducts its business in accordance with the Constitution and international standards.
A SUSPECTED illegal migrant allegedly threw barbed wire in the face of an immigration officer in a bid to evade capture during a routine check yesterday morning.
THE government plans to table legislation on its new immigration policy when the parliament resumes this week, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said his ministry is investigating why eight of 12 immigration officers failed to report for work at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on Wednesday – their absence resulting in severe queues for many who tried to clear immigration.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said discussions with two major international organisations that were planned for today to clarify the government’s controversial new immigration restrictions in Washington, DC, have been postponed until next week.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said he was “not concerned in the slightest” about Organisation of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza’s “concern” about the Bahamas’ new immigration policies.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said the execution of new immigration policies is a blunt instrument that should not be viewed as social work as he asserted the government’s unwavering commitment to tackling illegal migration.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said he expects to hold discussions with two major international organisations in Washington, DC, next week to clarify “misinformation” about the government’s controversial new immigration restrictions.
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has branded recent remarks made by president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association Fred Smith over its new immigration restrictions as a “grave error”.
FIVE children who were picked up by Department of Immigration officers during an operation on Saturday remain in the care of the state, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday. Mr Mitchell said the children are awaiting “the return of a responsible adult.”
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said he had a “very frank” conversation with Antonio Rodrigue about the Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas’ controversial comments on the rounding up of illegal immigrants on Monday.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell led a delegation to Trinidad and Tobago for a special meeting of CARICOM ministers to discuss the potential threat of the Ebola virus.
HAITIAN nationals with a claim to Bahamian citizenship may be given additional time to allow for processing delays for documents once new immigration policies come into effect next month, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
SOME 300 applications for citizenship were returned earlier this year due to suspicions that birth certificates were fraudulently issued from the civil registry, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell revealed yesterday.
THE Democratic National Alliance allegedly paid “vulnerable people” $25 to wear DNA T-shirts and to participate in the party’s demonstration last week, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell claimed.
SAVE The Bays (STB), the fast-growing environmental movement dedicated to the protection of marine resources, has joined forces with Bahamas Waterkeeper to praise Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell for remarks to the United Nations last week detailing what leaders of the two organisations called “the most important, powerful commitment yet by the current government to preserve that which makes The Bahamas the magical country it is – our waters”.
FRED Mitchell, the Fox Hill MP, yesterday declared his support for those fighting for women’s equality in The Bahamas, urging the women of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to “seize the day”.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell announced that government will impose new immigration restrictions in a bid to clamp down on illegal migration, particularly from Haiti.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said that, while dissenting opinions are valuable to organisations, those who have lost faith in the party should “look elsewhere”.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell expects to soon announce new measures the government will take to help clamp down on illegal immigration to this country.
DESPITE the impassioned contributions by two PLP MPs expressing disagreement with the proposed constitutional amendment bills in Parliament this week, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said he is not concerned about any “dissension” within the ranks and dismissed the behaviour as “public posturing”.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says the fierce opposition that the government has received over the proposed fourth amendment bill which seeks to insert the word “sex” into Article 26 of the Constitution exposes the rampant “homophobia” in the country.
NEARLY three months after reports surfaced alleging that the US National Security Agency is recording every cell phone conversation in the Bahamas, US government officials have still not responded to the allegations.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday denied that the Bahamian government “tolerated” and “allowed” the Cuban government to intimidate a key witness in a hearing to determine whether Bahamian marines abused detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre last year.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell announced on Wednesday that the government spent over $1 million last year in repatriation costs for illegal immigrants.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that public opinion on the issue of MPs getting a raise and a new Parliament is “wrong” and “pure foolishness”.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell will present a full report in Parliament this week on the investigation into reports that the US’ National Security Agency (NSA) is intercepting and recording all cellphone conversations in the Bahamas.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday accused Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash of using the recent police search of his home and seizure of items as a political tactic to keep himself in the limelight.
AFTER more than a week with no answers from Americans or “hard facts” over spying claims, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said he plans to raise concerns over allegations at a regional meeting this week.
THE increase of just over $1m in the 2014/2015 budget allocation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration reflect only cost-adjustments, according to Minister Fred Mitchell.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday defended his handling of the situation surrounding the recording of all cellphone calls in the Bahamas saying that meetings are being held at the “highest levels” to get to the bottom of it.
THE allegations of possible surveillance of cellphone calls in the Bahamas are “startling” and, if proven, then the behaviour would be “clearly illegal”, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says a recent trip to the Middle East has sparked new relationships which will assist in developing business and investments throughout the Bahamas.
ALLEGATIONS that Cuban detainees were being forcefully repatriated by the Bahamas were described yesterday as “absurd and incorrect” by Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says the FNM’s criticism of his latest diplomatic note to the Malaysian government is another attempt by the party to deflect from their Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ “insensitive” comments where he likened the government to the lost flight MH 370.
THE Government of the Bahamas yesterday issued a diplomatic note to the Governments of Malaysia, China, and the United States to distance itself from remarks made by Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis who remarked that the Christie administration “is more lost than the Malaysian Airline the world is looking for”.
HEALTH statistics on Bahamian men were a major factor in a two-year drop in overall life expectancy recorded by global health agencies, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said the issue of the US Embassy warning Americans about crime in the Bahamas should be put to rest.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday remained tightlipped over the investigation into suspected visa irregularities at the Bahamas’ Embassy in Haiti.
REPORTS that Bahamians have been granted asylum in Canada should not be viewed as a condemnation of the country’s human rights record, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell led a delegation to Haiti yesterday for bilateral talks on the issues of human trafficking, human smuggling and co-operation in agriculture.
THE need for proper succession planning in the Bahamas was emphasised by Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell during his address to new employees of his ministry yesterday.
FOLLOWING the unanimous adoption of an action plan to pursue reparations for African slavery and native genocide, CARICOM nations will now prepare for a June conference with Europe to negotiate the issue ahead of making a formal claim.
BI-LATERAL talks between the government and Haiti on migration issues will start next week, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell confirmed yesterday.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday branded as “misplaced, ill conceived and deceitful” a letter from Bahamas Faith Ministries President Dr Myles Munroe to Prime Minister Perry Christie.
FRED Mitchell, Fox Hill MP says he is still open to vying for the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) should the vacancy arise.
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell yesterday accused Dr Myles Munroe of being “ignorant” and “anti-PLP” after calling for Prime Minister Perry Christie to remove him from his ministerial post.
COAST Guard officers rescued 23 Cubans from a sinking ship in waters near Cay Sal on Sunday.
THE Bahamas government will consider the issue of medicinal marijuana as part of a regional body next month, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell confirmed yesterday.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell denied yesterday that the Bahamian government is involved in the smuggling of illegal migrants to the United States.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday warned that a negative stance on LGBT rights as human rights abuses could engender cutbacks in US assistance.
IMMIGRATION officials have repatriated 410 migrants in less than two months, according to Immigration statistics revealed yesterday.
A MONUMENT is set be created in honour of the victims of last month’s Freedom Park shootings, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell announced.
A NATIONAL ID card could unravel the complex and contentious issue of regularisation for persons born in the Bahamas to migrants.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday a proposal on the introduction of a National Identification Card is now before Cabinet for its consideration.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell defended Immigration officers yesterday who were accused of “roughing up” a top banker during a road block on Tuesday.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says justice must be done and must be seen to be done in the Turks and Caicos Islands after its former Premier Michael Misick was extradited from Brazil yesterday.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday the Government is considering introducing a National Identification Card as well as charging persons who knowingly hire illegal immigrants in an effort to deal with the country’s long standing illegal migration problem.
FOR the second time in a week, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell publicaly declared his support for the gay rights cause, calling it part of the ongoing fight against all forms of injustice around the world.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday hit back at critics of his support for gay rights in the Bahamas.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has denied that his ministry has spent over $1.5 million on travel since he took office in 2012.
FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell questioned how the Bahamas expects to survive in today’s world with decision-making processes stuck in the paper trail model of the 1960s.
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell yesterday blasted a local tabloid for allegations over spending.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday denied his department has neglected two Cuban detainees, who are allegedly being abused at the Her Majesty’s Prison.