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Jun 14, 2017

The Immigration Mess is No Joke

Perdomo continued to fend off questioning about how it is that as minister he had little to no knowledge of the goings-on in the Department, relying on his most senior officers to assure him that things were going well, even though they clearly were not. Even today, Perdomo said the full extent of what happened only became clear to him with the report, and that the results are not the joke he and his friends spoke of.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“But in your view, you have any idea now, after the fact, where all of this wrongdoing?”

 

Carlos Perdomo, Former Minister of Immigration and National Security

“I would have no idea except by reading this extensive report, because to get the knowledge you have after the fact is the tedious weeks and months that the Auditor General did, but I don’t have any idea where it would start or who did it.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“More than the ‘who did it’, I’m interested and we’re interested and what we need to understand what systems were in place and what systems failed, so that we understand what happened, how it happened, and why it wasn’t fixed. Because the big question, Mr. Perdomo, is whether there was a deliberate knowledge of what was going on. You said you and your friends spoke and joked about it…”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“You keep coming back to this joke…”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Yes, because I don’t think that it’s funny.”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“…Which is not the way I said it to you, but you keep repeating it, like if I am some irresponsible type of person. I am telling you that with friends – I think you do the same thing when you are with friends.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“We talk about it…”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“But it’s not a joke like how you try to put it.”

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2 Responses for “The Immigration Mess is No Joke”

  1. Mike G says:

    An elected minister with no knowledge or responsibility? Really?! Not surprising.

  2. carlos says:

    This shows the seriousness of how the ministers in government take their job. Most of them do not know what is their role in a ministry and that is why we do not see any change for the good for our country. Its very sad for Belize if we continue to place irresponsible people in government.

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