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Jun 19, 2012

John Saldivar stripped of Immigration Portfolio

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There are two announcements out of Belmopan today. First, with the murder count at seventy-one since the beginning for the year, the government announced today that it approved three hundred thousand dollars to the Ministry of National Security for the purchase of special equipment for the Police Department. According to a press release, Cabinet has given the green light to the Draft Budget to be presented to the House next Friday. It includes what it calls ample funding for National Security which, according to the government, reflects an increase for fuel and other operating expenses. Secondly, the Department of Immigration will no longer be under Minister John Saldivar to (quote) free the Ministry of National Security to administratively and operationally focus exclusively on its core, now singular, mandate (Unquote) which is the fight against crime.  The Immigration Department will move to the Ministry of Local Government, Labour and NEMO; and with it goes Minister of State Elvin Penner, who has special responsibility for Immigration.

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12 Responses for “John Saldivar stripped of Immigration Portfolio”

  1. Rod says:

    Mien why can’t you do something right just shuffling people around to make it look like your doing something will not work anymore we need concrete results we need qualified people in these positions quit the politics you need to hire qualified people to key positions what. A useless gov . And pm march belizeans march to the pm house business people everyone who owns a business shut down for a week show this gov. That we are sick and tired of their ineptness.

  2. Al says:

    This is a cosmetic fix, there needs to be a strategic plan put in place right now detailing the focus on how the issues of criminal activity will be handled. Immigration also needs to be overhauled. Those who manage Belize need to look at other countries in the region and see what works for them and adopt an internal structure similar. There has to be checks and balances, no one person should have signing authority in such critical area as immigration and national secutiry. Stop the country from being a laughing stack for every criminal element who seek to use it as a jumping off base for their own selfish criminal activity. Get some cohones politicians of Belize.

  3. Initiate! says:

    I don’t think Hon. Hulse knows how to do a cosmetic fixes. Work until the matter is fixed.

  4. Attitude says:

    This is not surprising. It was not coincidental that the PM was ecstatic and generous in congratulating Min. Saldivar on his crime reduction strategies even in the face of current criminal rampage… I say, above it all, we now need the REAL reason Min. Saldivar was stripped of the Immigration portfolio…

  5. Attitude says:

    I believe by implication they are saying that the portfolio of Hulse (i.e. Labour, local gov’t, rural development and emergency management) is not of a significant nature that would require “exclusive focus” and therefore Immigration is another matter of lesser priority that can be given as a responsibility to Minister Hulse. We need to hold our breath and with time, hopefully see whether the “exclusive focus” on crime by Saldivar will actually cause a reduction in crime and whether Hulse will be able to cope with the added responsibility of Immigration.

  6. marco says:

    I take offence when people think little of other people. The portfolio of Minister Hulse is as important as any other and more so since we have direct contact with the people. Immigration fits right snug under labour since they deal with employment issues and the like. Why do people come to our country? It is not only for aesthetics but for livelihoods. Ask our central american brothers and pastors.

  7. Belmopan says:

    I was hoping to hear on the news that the approval of additional $300,000. for equipment would have been to purchase equipment to start executing/hang the convicted murderers – the prison is overcrowded or GoB will soon need to approve public funds to build more prison cells?

  8. Station says:

    hey Marco u just need to read slower so u can understand the comment… ,,…

  9. Seletar says:

    Personally, I think of Hulse as a solid worker. And he can’t do a worse job — there are CRIMINALS in the immigration office. He needs to clean them out first, before we have a real tragedy,like an al Qaeda training camp here.

  10. ABC says:

    Marco, I could not agree more with you. People will not see the importance of Labour and these other portfolios until they get into something where the need help and no one else can help. Labour and Immigration do go hand in hand, if these operate as they should we would not have the issues with immigration that we currently have.

  11. Al says:

    Marco, you really need to think. A country that has such a high unemployment rate as Belize is a good place to go for a better life? You think just like the people in government. The majority of people migrating come to Belize because they want to excape from their own government who have a stronger hold on tjhem. I bet if you were to do background checks on the majority of those immigrating to Belize you will see that they have police records, are a part of the Zeta’s MS13 and other criminal element. Granted there maybe a few who are not bad people, but I bet the majority are questionable.

  12. bmp says:

    WTF…..increase of fuel they !@#$%^ stupid mein…they’re killing wit the price n they want to increase

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