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Jan 18, 2012

P.U.P. alleges Guatemalans being registered

Oscar Sabido

One of the P.U.P. panelists from Benque presented allegations that are to put it lightly, treasonous. Attorney Oscar Sabido who is the P.U.P.’s Cayo West Standard Bearer gave an account of the requirements needed to complete the registration and nationality processes. But he suggested that Guatemalan nationals were being brought into the country from across the border by political operatives who then ferry them to Belmopan to become citizens.

Oscar Sabido, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Cayo West

“The most blatant illegality which arises here the absolute break of the law in terms of where the person lives. For the last three mornings, very early in the morning, there has been a huge amount of vehicular traffic coming in from over the line from Guatemala to the political operative’s office by the Marshalleck Stadium where there are motorcycles and motor vehicles with Guatemalan license plates and there are lot of people who come there to the political office to go through the process of being ushered into the system. They are then taken into vehicles to Belmopan and this is being promoted—not by the immigration department but actually political operatives who are pushing this mass instant citizenship program for the political motives and to undermine the system. The big complaint we have in our area is that this is undermining democratic process because it is an absolute illegality for you not to have the residence requirements of either five years or one year if you’re basing yourself on marriage or descendancy—you have to have continuous undisturbed occupation or residence in Belize and you have to prove it. People are living outside of Belize and getting qualified when they are not living in Belize. That is one of the problems we are having.

The process takes a long time; the least it can take is six weeks as I understand it. And you have to have all the supporting documents. You have to have the AIDS test, the VDRL test, the tuberculosis test, medical exam probably signed by medical doctor, you have to have references with proper IDs and certified copies of IDs, you have to have the proper permanent residence record or the dependency record that you’ve been in the country for the given amount of time, you have to have all these other requirements like identification documents properly certified, translated if they are born out of the country, certified by a person who is a proper translator who can authenticate these documents. All these have to be bundled and process in Belmopan and this takes time. I cannot understand how come so many people can be process through political operatives taken to Belmopan and the next day they are in registration office registering to become voters in Belize with addresses that are over the line in Guatemala. This is affecting us very badly in our area. We are calling upon the election and boundaries commission, the government of Belize, the Prime Minister to please fall back into line with the law.”

Jose Sanchez

“With that Benque allegation Mister Sabido, do you have any evidence, any proof, anything to show?”

Oscar Sabido

“I don’t have but I work with the system; I myself am involved with it and I can tell you I see more Guatemalan applications than the others yes.”

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8 Responses for “P.U.P. alleges Guatemalans being registered”

  1. Lucas says:

    Because of the Guatemalan unfounded clain to Belize, The law Says THAT GUATEMALANS SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED BELIZEAN CITIZENSHIP. Has the law changed?. If not, why is the immigration department not taken to court? Sabido and Lisa are lawyers. I am sure they know the law very well. Why are they only taking? Is there more merit in taking the govt. to court on behalf of Unibam than on this issue of such national importance? Sometimes I tend to believe that the PUP and the UDP cover themselves with the same blanket and all that talking is simply that: TALKING. Why don’t they take to the streets?. They want us fools to do it for them and take the clubing from the police. I am very angry and very pissed off, therefore, DO SOMETHING OR SHUT THE !@#$ UP.

  2. Rod says:

    If you want murders corruption vote udp vote for barrow another 160 murders for 2012 hope you are not in that number remember belizeans if you want murderssssssssssssssssssssssss and blatant corruption vote for barrow vote udp.

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    Talking is the first step to getting problems fixed. Obviosly Barrow and his administratioin have created a Government and laws that make him and his Ministers immune to the Judicial system of Belize. The only way to stop him is to expose him to the Belizean people and make them understand what the UDP is doing to our small fragile Jewel Belize. By doing this our people can stand up for themselves and vote out the UDP and put power back in the hands of the BELIZEAN PEOPLE.

  4. blackberry says:

    any politicians who assist guatemalans to become a citizen of belize will not get my vote.

  5. BeReal says:

    Lucas, the law DOES NOT SAY Guatemalans should not be granted Belizean Citizenship. It says that Guatemalans need to renounce their citizenship so they can become Belizeans.

    Read your laws of Belize. (Title XII)

    Make informed comments.

  6. Lucas says:

    Hello real: I know that Guatemalans are made to renounce their Guatemalan citizenship but I also know that our constitution also forbids Belizean citizenship to citizens of a country who is hostile to Belize and are illegally occupying our country. Now tell me real: Has not Guatemala been hostile to Belize?. If not, why did Britain had to sent aircraft carrier at one time and jump jet harriers another. Have you forgotten that a joint BDF/Police patrol was kiddnapped by GAF? Have not Guatemalan pesants advanced into Belize and have threatened our boys at our border outpost? Tell me: Are those Guatemalans Living feets within our borders willing to leave? Is the settlement at Retiro Blizean? No. Can these not then be classified as Guatemalan occupation?
    Yet you ask me to make informed comments? I will say it again. This lawyers need to talk less and have more actions.

  7. mike says:

    when i was growing up i remember d udps crying that mr. price was selling bze 2 guatemala
    now mr goldson must be turnning upside down in his coffin he is d other one who said mr. price was selling us to guat. that was his battle cry until he died those at amandala r d other who always write about mr price wanting bze to be latino i wonder what they got to say now what goes around come around imagine imagine imagine udp all d way

  8. Belizean100 says:

    Mr. Sabido clearly doesn’t know the majority of his constituency is made up of many immigrants from Salvadorenians to Guatemalans.

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