BARBADIANS AT HOME AND ABROAD are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a lawsuit filed by six Bangladeshi visitors.
After applying for three weeks’ stay, they were granted one week by immigration officials and released to members of the Muslim Association of Barbados.
Dissatisfied with the length of time given, they filed suit in the No. 1 Supreme Court where the time was subsequently extended until December 7.
Here are readers’ views on this issue.
Jaytee: I am sure that if anyone watched Border Security, the decision to let someone into any country is based on rules and regulations. Why is it that they feel they . . . must have whatever time they want to stay in the island? If you don’t like it, get out of Paradise!
June: Peoples! Next time y’all travel, try ‘arguing’ with the immigration officials at the port of entry, hear?
Dwayne Jordan: I’m not a lawyer but I’m hard-pressed to see a local judge going against the chief immigration officer in this regard of considering the extreme importance of protecting our borders in this global environment, but I may be wrong as I often am in these issues. Our immigration officials have an extremely important job to execute.
Colleen Jones: I am a proud Bajan living in Canada for many years and abide with the rules of this country and am well aware of the Charter of Rights. Every country has a right to expect people coming into their shores to abide accordingly. Again, the courts need to send a very strong message in support of the Immigration Department.
Mark Jones: This is nonsense. Every nation has a right to maintain the sovereignty of its borders. In these perilous times Immigration must adopt a conservative approach in these matters. Why is it that everyone wants to come to Barbados and do as they please? Steupse.
PB: They have not broken any laws. The only reason you and others are making noise is due to their religion.
CH: The court should not have the right to decide how long a visitor stays in Barbados, unless it is a criminal case. That is the duty of our immigration officers and they must be allowed to do their job. This matter should have no hearing in a court and this interference with Immigration needs to stop. Send them back home.
Rob H: When you come in on business it is not the same as a tourist. In the USA and other countries they might turn you around and send you back right away. Rules are followed and Immigration makes a decision.
Cat oman: Well, it’s possible that in light of what’s happening in Europe with ISIS terrorists, coupled with an article in the news recently that Trinidad has training camps for terrorists and these Muslim businessmen were coming from Trinidad, it’s more of a security issue.
• Sherrylyn Toppin is THE NATION’s Online Editor.