February 17, 2015
Senator Fred Mitchell.
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PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell criticised the management of the Fox Hill Community Centre in an open letter to his former constituents on Wednesday.
FORMER Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday questioned whether the government’s newly announced limitation on citizenship can be done constitutionally, expressing concern the change could grant a general right for permanent residency “to all and sundry”.
THE Progressive Liberal Party can become a much stronger force if it returns to its roots of being a community, one of its senators told supporters over the weekend.
IF the Free National Movement loses the next general election, National Security Minister Marvin Dames “will understand what tit-for-tat means,” Senator Fred Mitchell has said, adding the governing party is “slave shaming” the opposition Progressive Liberal Party by charging former PLP politicians in court.
Protest event gets underway.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said the backlog at the Passport Office is expected to continue until January when a new system and passport is introduced.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said the country is seeing an increase in the number of Cuban migrants illegally entering the Bahamian jurisdiction in their attempts to reach the United States.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday slammed Save The Bays Director Fred Smith for threatening to commit certain MPs to prison, warning the outspoken attorney that such actions are grounds for “contempt of Parliament” and that he “could find himself faced with imprisonment.”
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday defended his support of the new Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland following a Tribune editorial that raised questions about the decision making process behind his support for her.
IMMIGRATION and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has branded Tribune columnist Adrian Gibson as “irresponsible,” and denied allegations concerning money for bribes being passed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist a Bahamian pilot detained in Haiti.
THE war of words between Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell and human rights advocate Fred Smith escalated yesterday when Mr Smith accused Mr Mitchell of seeking to “cover his political backside” in his reaction to the release of two Cuban men from prison last week.
FRED Mitchell, the Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, claimed on Friday that two Cubans who had been detained unlawfully for nearly three years and released by the Supreme Court last week were “national security risks”, three months after he had sought Cabinet approval for their release on parole into the Bahamian population.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday labelled a recent Supreme Court judge’s ruling that Canadian Bruno Rufa was unlawfully deported from The Bahamas as a “challenge to the authority of immigration”.
THE MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs has completed its investigation into the detention of 11 Jamaican women who were suspected of solicitation and prostitution.
A Haitian man recently acquitted of an illegal entry charge has been deported to Haiti after a magistrate ordered to have him detained for “possible deportation” following his discharge, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell revealed yesterday.
DESPITE the government’s policy change to ensure harsher penalties for breaches of the Immigration Act, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said there are concerns that the changes have not been reflected in sentencing by the courts.
THE Bahamas has repatriated close to 4,000 migrants, most of them from Haiti, so far this year, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell revealed yesterday.
LAWYERS from the Office of the Attorney General are reviewing a recent Supreme Court immigration ruling that appears to call into question the government’s long established immigration practices, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell confirmed.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said the issue of pensions for World War II veterans is still under active review.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell has been pleased with the support from Bahamians for the new immigration policies implemented a year ago.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday announced that he intends to speak with executives of the Department of Correctional Services in the wake of claims of mistreatment raised by a Jamaican national earlier this week after he was freed from custody.
FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell has called for cameras to be installed at Fox Hill’s Freedom Park and possible restrictions on public gathering there after a man and woman were shot while standing in the area on Saturday afternoon.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell released a statement yesterday in response to suggestions by DNA Leader Branville McCartney that his home was politically targeted for a check by immigration officers.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday criticised the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association for requesting Prime Minister Perry Christie to stop his attempts to have police investigate alleged comments of incitement made by non-nationals at a town hall meeting two weeks ago.
FNM Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday criticised Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell for showing “continuous disrespect for Bahamian female politicians” after his scathing critique of Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner.
FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell yesterday criticised Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner for being “bellicose” and “warlike,” and suggested that the former Free National Movement deputy leader is not “skillful” enough to secure government assistance for her constituency.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell both stressed the importance of respecting the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday, in a veiled reference to controversial statements made by Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian.
BAHA Mar yesterday declined to comment on the revelation that its developer Sarkis Izmirlian was under investigation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday declared that there was an “existential” threat to the governance of the country due to the deliberate and improper political interference of a “single investor”.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell says authorisation has been obtained for staff at the Passport Office to work overtime to deal with the backlog and the anticipated demand for passports ahead of the public holiday in August.
BAHAMIANS with plans to travel to Canada will soon need an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) document, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said.
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has implemented a new $200 fee for people who require passports within 48 hours on an emergency basis.
AUTHORITIES found a dead body washed ashore on Harbour Island that is suspected to be part of a group of Haitian migrants who were apprehended in Eluethera on Tuesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that this country has had a recent “deluge” of illegal migrants that will cost the government more than $83,000 to repatriate.
THE Grand Bahamas Human Rights Association has "no credibility" in its attempts this week to brief the United States’ Senate on “human rights violations” they believe are being committed under the government’s new immigration policy, according to Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said the government is addressing issues relating to the well being of people held at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre based on an analysis from its own probe into the matter.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell defended the government’s new immigration policy while speaking at the 28th session of the high level segment of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said the Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2015 tabled in Parliament on Wednesday to grant resident belonger permits was not necessary to support the government’s newly implemented and controversial restrictions.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell was tight-lipped yesterday on recommendations made by a local panel about the conditions at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said the Department of Immigration “acted within the statute law” of the Bahamas in its deportation of Canadian resident Bruno Rufa.
Adrian Gibson continues his analysis of the performance of members of the Cabinet - complete with their grades - below and on the following two pages.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that the government has asked the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) to investigate comments made on a radio talk show by Fred Smith, QC, that allegedly encouraged people to revolt against the Christie administration.
WITH six more months to go in the fiscal year, repatriations conducted as of December 2014 have exhausted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration’s deportation budget.