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Jun 7, 2017

Perdomo Says He Relied on Senior Immigration Personnel to Have All in Order

But how would ministers handle request for assistance with passport and nationality applications?  Perdomo said he told the auditors that in his time, he would send a note inquiring about the reason behind a delay for a particular application and address it to Director Ruth Meighan, but that he did not consider this interference – just helping out those who wanted his assistance. And, he said, he did not do it for Paul Ku.

 

Carlos Perdomo, Former Minister of Immigration and National Security

“I am referring to my style here; I’m not referring to any note about Paul Ku.”

 

Elena Smith, Senator, Trade Unions

“I’m just saying that your style…you were saying here that you would not instruct, but you would sometimes send a note to say kindly assist?”

 

Carlos Perdomo

Carlos Perdomo

“For those of us that have been ministers you get visitors to your office asking for assistance – in my case it was usually services that were not being done and they want somebody to please find out why so when they came to my office…this in in regard to Immigration; people also came with regard to police work but that was mainly complaints, just like today. (Pauses to receive glass of water). They would say they had been waiting a little while for their nationality, so I would always write down the B.N.A. number and then after the meeting or after a week I would have a certain amount; I would just write a note to Miss Ruth (Meighan) and say, these people have visited me’ – something like that, I don’t remember the exact words – ‘please see why it’s been taking a while and if everything is in order, get back to them or get back to me so I can tell them why’. And sometimes, many times they would get back to me and say the person changed address. But I used to write the notes, yes.”

 

Elena Smith

“The notes were basically to seek…”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“To look into, please…”

 

Elena Smith

“To what’s going on; was it any time to speed up a process for a person?”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“I don’t recall ever writing to speed up, just to help.”

 

Perdomo said other colleagues might check in with him for nationality documents which he directly signed, but not for passports or visas.

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