St Hill urges illegal worker amnesty

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.





  1. Anonymous
    March 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I like that bro Inch. Well spoken. TP here.

  2. Anonymous
    March 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    O yea plz…..make sure yuall know who that is staying in St Lucia that r not Lucian .So Isis can come without a problem? And since when St Lucia have all these local Muslims? Yea just allow them to stay and yuall will see the bigger mess St Lucia will get… just know who is coming to live in St lucia.

    1. Lucianman101
      March 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      So spreading islamophobia, ISIS has no reason to attack Saint Lucia

  3. sharon terrell
    March 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I like Mr.St.Hill God made the World for all of us to live in.I have no problem with foreigners because we all are foreigners one way or the other.Give them working permits and maybe even citizenship or amnesty give them something.People are human beings.Lets work together so we all can eat bread

  4. Susan Brown
    March 28, 2017 at 12:19 am

    St. Hill, obviously you do not understand what President Trump is trying to do in America. We are removing the criminals who are here illegally. Like the two that raped a 14 year old girl in a school bathroom. We want our kids safe, we don’t want crime on our streets. If you don’t understand our laws don’t use them to make a lame point. Would appreciate it if you refrain from disrespecting our President. His title is President Trump.
    Thank you sir

    1. Anonymous
      March 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

      obviously you are a Trump suporter, i imagine you are also white, and for some reason i believe you are also rich. Tha will explain why u are suporting a stupid, non-qualified, egocentric, racist, machist and all the bad adjetives that describe this individual, adjetives i confess i cant even mention because my english as one of the languages i speak , is not so good. But if you are not rich, or white i dont know why or how you are suporting a person that is going to destroy United States, that is if you dont get a benefit out of it, lets say, a Land Rover, at least. It comes to my attention that you are subscribed to this newspaper, that can say that either u are a Lucian, or have family in Saint Lucia, or came in holidays, or something that relate you to this country and its people. Please, try to understand the laws of this country first, and stop being so racist when it comes to inmigrants everywhere, when you see the planet from the Space, you dont see lines or borders, you see a big mass of land sorrounded by sea. One last Thing…Eistein said that therer have to infinite things, The universe and human stupidity, and everytime a see a Trump Suporter that is not rich, meaning they can get a benefit from the Rothchild bank or something from the middle east, by suporting this idiot, i am amazed at human nature. Good Day Madam.

  5. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 2:17 am

    So why can’t the guyanese go back to Guyana?

    1. Anonymous
      March 28, 2017 at 9:35 am

      So why can’t the St. Lucians overseas return to St. Lucia. Remember, what’s good for the goose must also be good for the gander. Stop being bias.

  6. Think Tank
    March 28, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Yes it makes sense to have an amnesty.
    This will make those who have no status come into the system and pay taxes. Also a country like St. Lucia needs more people to develop a strong economy. More people more money. Those are from other parts of the Caribbean should be the first to benefit. One love one Caribbean. Naturally those from other regions should face stiffer means tests.

  7. TC
    March 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Anonymous it shows your level of thinking. Back in the 70-80″s not Guyanese that taught us before we could have local teachers and today all you want to do is chase them back to their country.

  8. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Trust me Susan Brown is a fake name and sure is a lucian can’t fool me.You think Americans have time to read what does not concern them? Susan Brown I’m sure you’ve eaten buff salt fish N green banana now stop it .Yea try again ……Ouch!!!!!!!

  9. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I agree send all illegally Guyanese and all illegally Muslims and Jamaican back to they home land, some of them are nothings but trouble let,s start cleaning our country

  10. xoxo
    March 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I was born and lived in St. Lucia all my life, 1 quarter of my family is Trinidadian who migrated here over 40 years ago. All my maths teachers in school were Guyanese, and even 2 Jamaican science teachers. If we must treat immigrants like they are criminals when they do nothing wrong, esp when our own country does not have the resources or finances to stand on its own…why do we have a CIP programe?Perhaps while we are at it we can pull a “Brexit” type stance and pull out of CARICOM and OECS…..

  11. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I dont know for you just make sure the jamaican the guyaness dont go back with st lucia the jamaican only drugs they love thats why our yoyng people is perishing. I dont k ow about trinidad i say no to muslim in st lucia let them go to america we have enought african i say no to them haitian i say no to them or else they gona take over the country

  12. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Wow any fish could lay their eggs in St Lucia??????

    1. smh
      March 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      st lucians lay eggs in other countries

  13. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Y so much hate for Guyanese, in the 60: and the 70 th all St Lucians was heading to guyana they make children there have a good life no one was sending them back ; st lucians canot deal with the fact that Guyanese are hard working people; st Lucians lazy want to sit on their rare and want to get pay; so not because things are getting hard in the country for people to behave racist; is time for that to stop; and dont be upset when others are makeing it God said by your sweat man shall eat bread so work for it; and stop the hate

  14. Lucianman101
    March 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    We as St.Lucians need to stop stigmatizing Guyanese and Jamaicans, We already have to fight racism from the Western world and you all want to fight and undermine each other. What is the point of Caricom and CSME then?

  15. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Yes my boy; they playing they for get we need to remind them one of these days Guyana will have to feed the whole of the carribean soon; when the famming start dont for get;GUYANA WILL BE THE BREAD BASKET VERY SOON ; WE HAVE BLACK GOLD NOW ;

  16. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Yes tell it to them :to them they playing forget; stop the hate

  17. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    We are all caribbean people we should love each other look out for one another just send the bad ones back home

  18. bambi
    March 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    As a Catholic Christian has nothing to do with that Inch. Its your personal view .Stop that religion thing.

  19. choopse
    March 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Dominic Fedee is Guyanese

  20. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    And so wat if he is a Guyanese ; a well Educated one too

  21. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Kin…are nuts ?…..more of the are criminals….send them back packing my Mr Minster ….good job start cracking down on them , especially those that working in construction and stores ….

  22. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Well said ..they don’t pay taxes ,that means they’re robbing the country ….

  23. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I agree with miss Susan brown….100%

  24. Serious
    April 2, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Folks think and realize the government plan will deal with illegal workers. In other words the plan is targeting ONLY ILLEGAL WORKERS. It does not include all the immigrants in the country. Nor does it refer to those who are working legally and obtained their work permits! The argument that Guyanese working here, in various professions, and Saint Lucians working in Guyana in the past, failed to mention that these two waves of immigrants had functioned with the work permit system. These immigrants were legally allowed to stay and work in the respect host countries. Then there”s the issue of preventing workers’ exploitation which must be considered even now in this new dispensation.

  25. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Yes send dem back to their country? eh??
    And I hope Mr .Trump sends ALLLLLLLL of our criminals back here to our country. All of our st.lucians brothers and sisters working and living illegally in the USA.
    We st.lucians are very hypocrite.
    You never know where ull end up in life.
    Let’s embrace each other as one Caribbean ppl.
    Let’s take a chapter from the Chinese manual.
    Let’s be our brothers keepers and support each other.
    There’s no need to hate Guyanese and Jamaicans.okk
    We st.lucians are very lazy.we eh wanna work hard.we like easy n fast money okkkkk .

    The Guyanese would work n work non stop………….
    Don’t ask bout d Chiness……………