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OF DEPORTEES, POLITICIANS AND BITCHES..!

CaribZone Commentary: Aubrey Campbell –Wednesday, September 14th

Gentle folks, another day and another conversation. Let me start by saying that politics is a bitch or, the practice of, and indulgence in politics, create bitches.

Context that thought with what’s playing out in front of our eyes and right under our noses here in these United States.

I am bothered, disturbed by this drawn out, drag down, knock out scenario of a campaign, with the everyday revelation of negativity. We know when it will end. The scary part of this Jurassic Park sequel is that nobody knows how it will end on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Fifty-five days out, the political question of the century has to be, how fit for the position of POTUS are the last two candidates standing? And if the polls are anything to go by, your guess is as good as mine!

The once super model of election decency is being trampled in the mud of lies, deceit, shame and scandal. Sad and true, that that accusatory finger is pointing in both directions! In God we trust, all others ….!

What is interesting in all of this is the silence of the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora. Is there any interest in what’s going on here or back home, where the FBI is getting ready to set up shop in Kingston?

I already know that grandpa Jose has this one checked off for next week’s town hall meeting!

Folks, I have come to the conclusion that this Diaspora thing-ee is a big joke. I will hold my answer because you will get a better one, next week.

Work with me here. Everyone is up in arms about 42 Jamaicans that were deported from Great Britain last week and landed in Kingston on a chartered flight! Why this particular set of law-breaking ‘yardies’ is so special and important, is beyond me.

Here’s what was reported on the weekend.

 Against the background of the deportation of 42 Jamaicans from the UK, former minister of national security, Dr. Peter Phillips, wants the government to formally engage members of the diaspora to assist Jamaicans overseas who need to regularise their immigration status.

The deportation, the first since 2014,  has generated significant discussion because some of those removed had appeals pending, while most have families in the UK.

Dr. Phillips, who was National Security Minister when the agreement was made with the UK for the return of  Jamaicans, argues that collaborations are necessary to assist those who are not compliant with immigration laws.

Now, do you agree with me that this Diaspora thing is a joke or is Peter Phillips a joker. Which is which, here?

Every damn and blasted thing is Diaspora, Diaspora, and Diaspora neither has leadership nor foundation! But a wha’ dis..?

I am not even going to touch the matter of what seems to be another case of ‘selling out’ for political expediency. If you can’t conform, be gone! Argument done! You come in, by whatever means and avenues necessary, you disobey ordinary social norms and still want to have full freedom! Explain that to me.

Did you take into full account, your status including your family while on the prowl. And if you did not, why now should others do?

Maybe I should have asked Irwin Clare, Sr, or Winston Tucker, this question before going to print, men whose advocacy needs no forensics. They have been in the trenches on this immigration and change of status thins for years, long before any Diaspora foolishness!

So, exactly what is Phillips asking the overseas constituency to do now? A constituency that cannot even get help from the Consulate, Embassy and High Commission is its jurisdiction? A constituency that must work twice as hard to be able to live comfortably here and in the same token, be responsible for family and families back home!

What did the previous administration do or the previous before the previous, which is now the current? A conference every two years without any actionable outcomes? SMH

What does he mean by assistance? You go to the Consulate to renew your passport at exorbitant fees and if ‘you face nuh stay good ina di photo’, you must find an independent service provider and have it done to specification, at additional cost to you. Not even a break on a passport photo? So, what assistance, pray tell?

Attorneys fees are not cheap and those lawyers who continue to ‘rape’ our community with their clothes on, know themselves.

There is much to do about the deportees from the UK, what about the thousands that have been sent back from these United States over the last 8 years of this Obama Administration, and the cries for help from those persons and organizations that have come forward to help with the transition, reunification and re-training?

Governments continue to pay lip service to this Diaspora thing. Andrew is coming here next week to hob nob with world leaders. Good for him. He will be right where he belongs. He is the duly elected prime minister. He will pass thru’ downtown Jamaica, Queens, on his way to supper.

I don’t know that a lot will change and I hope I’m wrong, again! What I do know is that it’s a conversation worth having. And as always, you do have the last word. Share your thoughts!

 

 

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