Former President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Kingsley St Hill, is calling on local authorities to follow the lead of Antigua and Barbuda in implementing an amnesty for persons working illegally in Saint Lucia.
He spoke in an interview with the Times, against the backdrop of a crackdown on illegal workers here announced last week by the Ministry of Labour.
St Hill believes an amnesty should precede the crackdown as in the case of Antigua and Barbuda.
“As a Catholic Christian I have no problems with immigration because the person who made the world made the world for all of us,” he declared.
The former trade union boss asserted that once people are seeking to better their lives he has no problem with that.
But he made it clear that they must obey the law.
According to St Hill, West Indians ought to have feelings for immigrants.
But he said he has noticed that in places like Trinidad and Barbados, there appears to be a stigma against Guyanese and Jamaicans.
“I hope that is not what is going to happen in Saint Lucia,” St Hill told the Times.
He expressed the view that people from the Far East who are working here illegally ought to be given a chance to regularise their status.
“I cannot as a West Indian say about how Trump wants to treat immigrants in America and want to apply the same yardstick in Saint Lucia,” the former CSA President stated.