Former Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sir James Mitchell, has called for serious change in regard to travel arrangements in the Islands of the Caribbean, claiming that current procedures are a source of harassment.
Mitchell told the 39th convention of the opposition United Workers Party, UWP, here: “Why should you, a Saint Lucian, have to fill out a form with fourteen questions to come back into Saint Lucia?
He noted that there are no such forms in Europe.
According to the former Prime Minister, the region is boasting about being computer literate but he questioned when technology would be brought into the quality of life of the people.
“Pardon the expression but we used to talk about Eugenia in this thing; we need people with balls to take on the bureaucracy and change it and take away the pens from all the immigration officers,” Mitchell declared.
He recalled that he was Minister of National Security in his country for nineteen years.
“ I can tell you, those forms do not help the Police to find a soul. When you find anybody, it’s a tip off. When you sell the drugs and the Police catch you and squeeze you, you say where you get it from. Then they look for it, not on the form,” Mitchell asserted.
The former Prime Minister said:
“If the big countries don’t ask those questions, why we harassing out own people with it?”