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Jun 15, 2017

Ex-Immigration Minister Refuses to Accept Responsibilities for Missteps

Carlos Perdomo

On Wednesday, you heard Cabinet Secretary and former Minister of Immigration and Nationality Carlos Perdomo essentially disclaim all responsibility for the decisions taken by officers in the public service junior to him, despite those decisions leading to one of the worst Immigration scandals in recent memory. According to Perdomo, he could not recall talking about what could be done to fix the Department, and did not get any intervention from Cabinet until the Ministry was transferred to Godwin Hulse and Elvin Penner after the first Dean Barrow term in Government. For Senator Mark Lizarraga, that is not enough. He upbraided the former senior official for his inaction, which to him looks like condoning wrongdoing.


Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community
“I’m trying to find out what it is that you and your colleagues did to fix this system that you knew was flawed and that everybody knew was flawed except you maybe but you knew that things were happening.”


Carlos Perdomo, Former Minister of Immigration and Nationality
“Except you (laugh) you talk like you are unflawed. The question is I don’t know, we didn’t talk about solutions.”


Mark Lizarraga 
“Then we can understand now why what happened, happened because those people that were supposed to talk about solutions did not.”


Carlos Perdomo
“That’s your judgement, I hope it goes into the record but it doesn’t have anything to do with me.”


Mark Lizarraga 
“Mr. Perdomo, if those who were responsible according to the Constitution and according to the regulations – if those that were responsible did not identify it and did not seek to correct it, then one has to question whether implicitly, or explicitly, such actions was being condoned and until we can have answers then there are a lot of questions that remain. These reports never come out of the thin air, they are based on facts and findings, and it’s disappointing, at least to me, that it took a report like this to correct the atrocities that were being committed in a department which you once were in charge of, and it’s concerning to me that you claim to not have known anything about it.”

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1 Response for “Ex-Immigration Minister Refuses to Accept Responsibilities for Missteps”

  1. Jaire slalzar says:

    Other than the universe; human stupidity is also infinite.

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