PM responds to concerns over Border Control Agency

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has been responding to concerns over the proposed Border Control Agency.

Customs Officers are known to be anxious about their pensions and future job security.

The Prime Minister said there is nothing envisioned where people will be dislocated or sent anywhere else.

He stated that police officers will no longer be performing the function of immigration.

“So the police officers will now go back to their substantive post on the beat which we are very excited about, as we would like to see more policemen on the road,” he told reporters at a news conference Monday.

Chastanet explained that the Customs Department would take on the immigration role and persons in the Marine Police will have the same status.

“If anything, Customs is being upgraded – not downgraded,” the PM declared.

“We don’t see anybody being sent home,” he asserted.

Asked whether he was making a commitment to everybody working in the Customs Department that they would not be asked to resign,  Chastanet’s response was:

” My government, since we have been in office, has not asked anybody to resign.  So any solutions that require anybody to be sent home is not something that my government would consider.”

Chastanet pointed that over the years around the world, the traditional role of Customs has been dwindling since the department is primarily a revenue generator.

“Things like the single window, changes at the airport in terms of people only carrying a 50 pound bag, new technologies – have really changed that role of Customs,” he told reporters Monday.

“We also have immigration officers – something like 80 of them who are policemen and you have to beg the question: ‘Why would you have a person, who is actually a trained police person sitting there stamping passports?'”

The Prime Minister explained that the goal of the proposed new Border Control Agency is to strengthen this country’s borders.

He disclosed that as a result, there will be the integration of immigration, customs, quarantine and the Marine Police to create the Border Control Agency.

“I have no idea of where the idea of a statutory body came from,” Chastanet stated.

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Bambi
    August 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Mr. P.M you said the same thing about the nurses so I don’t trust you one bit. Next few days a contrary statement will be made. What out Lucia.

  2. Peter Lubin
    August 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Chastanet must come clean with the people of this country..He knows fully well that Cabinet has agreed to appoint a Board to govern the said unit

    Every Officer will be polygraphed before being selected to join the unit…He must tell us what his government plans to do with the Officers that fail the test…

  3. Lovely Lady
    August 20, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    SAINT LUCIA VOTED WELL IN 2016. NOW LET THEM DEAL WITH THE MONSTER THAT WAS CREATED!!

  4. zabo
    August 20, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Lucians have a preference for CHARBINS to take the leading role in their country, only to find out that the Charbins are whips. Look, customs, immigration, marine police, police officers are now victim of our successful changes. What next, Mr. PM? What’s about the many other things you did promise us? Our youths are still killing each other. Here we have one of your ministers talking about weight. Ask jook bois what the rats dose say when it’s out there, and when it is in there it is a different;;;;;;;;;;;;
    every time i write the truth, it dose not show up!

  5. Anon1
    August 21, 2018 at 7:33 am

    “My government, since we have been in office, has not asked anybody to resign….” Really I wonder what the nurses have to say about that!

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