Former Saint Lucia Ambassador to Haiti, Earl Huntley, does not believe a Donald Trump Presidency would change the US visa policy towards the Caribbean.
Huntley, who correctly predicted a Trump win in the US Presidential elections, was responding to fears that it would become more difficult for Caribbean travelers to enter the United States.
“I don’t think so because his focus really seems to be on the illegal immigrants who are already in the US and people coming in from countries of the Middle East, Syria etc, ” he told the Times.
Huntley said conditions for the entry of Caribbean people into the United States have been there for a while and it would be upto Visa Officers to interpret them and decide whether someone can enter.
“There are times when you would have found that you meet all the necessary conditions and yet the Visa Officer tells you no,” he told the Times.
The former Ambassador said a lot would depend on how Consular Officers interpret Trump’s policies.
But he said he did not see a change in the current conditions.
Huntley expressed the view that fears of a Caribbean visa backlash are not justified.