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In consideration of the executive order on immigration and refugees that were produced quickly and without forewarning, are Caribbean governments prepared for the probable impact?
Should there be cause for concern to Muslim from the seven banned countries living in the Caribbean and those who have returned from the Islamic State mainly in Syria and others seeking to obtain Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationality?
On the one hand, should Caribbean governments have cause to implement supplementary “due diligence” in relation to the citizenship by investment programs in the Caribbean and, in particular, the race to the bottom between Dominica and Saint Lucia offering citizenship in only three months for US$100,000?
At that price point, the region really should be concerned about who is issued a CARICOM passport and the shenanigans that accompany diplomatic passports.
In that effort, the Caribbean must do more to leverage the region and become strategic to navigate external policy and regulations.
Armand Arton, president of Arton Capital, a global financial advisory firm specialising in investor programs for residence and citizenship, is of the view that, while increased migration and security threats are changing government policies around the world, restricting human flows is similar to restricting ideas and human progress: impossible in the long run.
“Like the thousands of dual citizens affected by the latest US travel ban, this situation has created a unique opportunity to show the world the importance of global citizenship.
“What are the consequences of the ban? Demand for citizenship-by-investment in the Caribbean will increase, as these passports never facilitated US visa-free access and will not be affected negatively. The only exception is Grenada, as its passport qualifies for EB-2.”
While President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees is inconsistent with and represents a vast departure in US policy, he has the authority to reformat the American landscape, good or bad.
However, the problematic and troublesome capability lies in the perception that is either naive or accompanied by irrational exuberance.
First, that government should be run like a corporation. In fact, the two are separate and distinct.
Second, catchy one-liners that sound good on the campaign trail usually don’t hold water in the institution of governance.
The result in both cases raises question and concern to the strategy and execution of the executive order on immigration and refugees.
Whatever the mythology surrounding President Trump, the opportunity exists for CARICOM and OECS heads of government to sharpen their toolbox and provide a renewed approach that is intellectual and honest; and transcends the prejudices of politics.
Extract from original article By Melanius Alphonse