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Oct 18, 2017

Senate Chair Non-Committal over Proceedings

Aldo Salazar

It appears Chairman Aldo Salazar was at variance with his colleagues on the worth of today’s witnesses, but as indicated in his comments at the end of today’s session he bowed to their wishes. He issued a summary of the importance of the testimony for the Senate’s process.

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“There’s a majority of the Committee that wanted to interview the Labour Commissioner and somebody from the Vital Statistics Unit, because I think it’s obvious that in terms of Vital Statistics, it’s the source document which can lead to erroneous nationality or passports, etcetera, if that is not a secure process; so there’s concern there. And then the other issue with the Labour Commissioner, as I explained in the hearing: it’s basically a stepping [stone]: once you get a work permit, you are allowed to stay here, then you accumulate the time necessary under the legislation to get permanent residence status and then you can get the nationality. So we need to make sure that that is secure, so that’s really the reason they were here.”

 

Reporter

“As you said there is a connection between the two; because it’s a process. Start off with false birth certificates then you can continue and get a false work permit too?”

 

 Aldo Salazar

“There is an inter-relation. For my part I don’t know that we necessarily needed to interview people, but we can bear it in mind and we can make recommendations.”

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