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Oct 18, 2017

Aldo Salazar Sees Light at the End of Immigration Tunnel

Aldo Salazar

The bulk of Salazar’s post-Senate interview concerned its future. He confirmed that Minister of Immigration and fellow senator Godwin Hulse is next to appear before the Committee, in two weeks’ time on November first, as there is a full Senate hearing due next Wednesday. As the chairman has previously indicated in media appearances, he is just about ready for it all to be over and thus he agrees with the Prime Minister and the Chamber of Commerce that a timeline for the endgame of the Committee is needed. But an effort to reach that accord was delayed due to the absences of two high-profile members – the P.U.P.’s Eamon Courtenay and the business community’s Mark Lizarraga.

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“I definitely agree with the Chamber’s position; definitely with what the Prime Minister said. I have been saying that for quite some time, that we need to be able to say how we are going to wrap this up. It’s the thirty-seventh [meeting]; we don’t want to say we’ve had enough because of the numbers, but it’s been a year. I think we have been looking at it thoroughly; it will take some time more to compile the report. So I definitely agree with that position – we can at least say these are the witnesses we want to end with. As far as I am concerned personally I only have one more witness – that is the Minister of Immigration; that is my personal view. But there are other members of the Committee; but I feel we can say, we can give a summary that these are people we want to call as the Committee and this is the time it will take.”

 

Reporter

“So the Committee is responsible to drafting the timeline and budget – have you all started that process? When will that process start? And by when do you think it will be finished and finalized to be sent to the Prime Minister?”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Unfortunately – that exercise was to be done today; we had a meeting and we were scheduled to do that this morning at about eight-thirty; but do to some circumstances some other members could not be here. It was our intention as a Committee to have that done today; regrettably that was not the case. So I feel that we can do that in the course of next week; I’m going to ask committee members if we can put forward a list for those people who want to call more witnesses and try to get an answer to the Prime Minister as to how long. We had done this before, we had already compiled a list and I think we had said that it would probably take us to the end of November, which for me is still doable based on my list, which is one more person. But with the rest of the Committee, I think I can’t say exactly when we will be done, but we must be able to say what the timeline is.”

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1 Response for “Aldo Salazar Sees Light at the End of Immigration Tunnel”

  1. truth says:

    Must be His salary got bigger or offered a promotion and so many other benefits to turn his eyes away from the truth…

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