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Jul 7, 2017

John Briceño Asks: Could Background Checks Have Saved Faye Lin?

John Briceño

Today in Belize City, People’s United Party Leader John Briceño weighed in on the tragic case. In addition to expressing a hope for justice against the perpetrators, he noted the recent comment by Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco during a public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee. Pacheco claimed that the Cabinet had decided to stop background checks by the Immigration Department and other authorities concerning persons who applied for Belizean status through nationality and permanent residence. He questioned whether it was possible that the Government had let in undesirable persons into our country.


John Briceño, Leader, P.U.P.

“There are no winners in this case. I can’t imagine the trauma that this little girl went through, and from the reports that we are getting it seems that she was not only beaten to death; she was sexually assaulted. And if the parents are responsible, then we need to go with everything at them, to make sure that they pay [for] what they did to such an innocent child. But then that reminds me of something, that I was shocked when Ady Pacheco in the Senate Select Committee announced that the Cabinet made a decision to stop [doing] background checks on people that are coming into Belize, be it as resident aliens, or permanent residents or as Belizeans. Who knows? We don’t know. But maybe if the proper checks [had been] done on these parents, maybe something could have happened. But these are the questions that are left unanswered. Because of the rank corruption; because of the hustling that has been taking place in the Immigration Department – and it seems that it has been led by the political directorate – we don’t know who are the people that are here. We don’t know who are the people that have our passports. We don’t know if they are terrorists, or if they are drug runners; or if they are money launderers; or if they are pedophiles; or if they are people who sexually assault children; we don’t know. And to me, that is the real tragedy of what is happening.”

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2 Responses for “John Briceño Asks: Could Background Checks Have Saved Faye Lin?”

  1. Marie says:

    I agree with you Briceno, Belize immigration doesn’t even have to pay for background checks, all they have to do is contact the US on the person and his whole life history pops up. The problem is Belizean don’t want to know. The whole system fails everyone. Soooo Saaaadz

  2. Belize Guy says:

    Has anyone checked the connection with these folks and Immigration documents? Were they in Belize legally? Did they adopt kids while in Belize or were they adopted in Belize? Important questions to ask. Did they purchase Nationality or wait the required time?

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