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Feb 1, 2017

Ministers Saldivar, Contreras, Castro and Others Named as Frequent Visitors to Immigration

Senior Immigration Officer Gordon Wade, who has been working with the department for twenty-seven years, also added layers to established testimony that Ministers of Government were in and out of the Immigration Department’s offices doing “business” on behalf of their constituents and favorites. While Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said that these appearances so far may be questionable but do not rise to criminal activity, Wade said that at the time, as long as the Ministers followed through on what was asked of them, there were no issues with them.

 

Gordon Wade, Former Officer in Charge, Nationality Section

“During that period, it was the usual for Ministers to come in and bring in applications, services at our Department for their constituents.”

 

Gordon Wade

Elena Smith, Trade Union Senator

“I don’t know who those Ministers are – so you indicate there were usual Ministers, so who are those Ministers?”

 

Gordon Wade

“Like I mentioned there were several Ministers. There was the Minister from Belmopan – Minister [John] Saldivar. Minister Contreras, Minster Marin, Minister Heredia, Minister Castro.”

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“When you say “usual practice,” can you elaborate on that because the question is asked – usual practice. What are you talking about? What is it?”

 

Gordon Wade

“I think it’s the Senator that made the reference to what I said that this was the usual practice for Ministers to bring in applications.”

 

Aldo Salazar

Aldo Salazar

“I want you to elaborate on what practice you are referring to – when you said it’s the usual practice, what is it?”

 

Gordon Wade

“For them to bring in applications; they would be informed that you know what, this is what is missing, and they would always promise to bring the missing documents, which they did most of the time, so that’s what i referred to.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Was the application taken directly to you, or did it go directly to the entry clerk?”

 

Gordon Wade

“As I mentioned before, it was forwarded at the front desk, at the acceptance clerk.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“I’m not talking about only the Won Hong Kim one, I’m talking about this practice…”

 

Gordon Wade

“In general all the files would be taken to the clerk at the front.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“So it was not the practice that they would bypass the clerk and bring it to you directly?”

 

Gordon Wade

“No, because I did not accept applications.”

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