Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said that United Progressive Party Leader Harold Lovell continues to deceive the electorate by promising them “anything and everything”.
Yesterday, Lovell said on forming the next Government, a UPP Administration will champion an immigration system that is more competent, compassionate, and equitable.
He said in a press statement that there are many areas that need to be better managed, ranging from indefinite periods for processing applications to a hostile environment, where non-nationals are made to feel like second-class citizens.
Lovell said under its one Caribbean Programme, the UPP will amend the constitution to allow people who have an Antiguan and Barbudan great-grandparent to secure their national passport by descent, complete all citizenship applications within 90 days and create a Department of Immigrant Affairs, guided by a Board of directors from within migrant communities.
But in a swift response to Lovell, PM Browne said on his Facebook page that “Harold “Quintus Cicero” Lovell is hell-bent on deceiving electors by Promising them anything and everything; knowing very well that the promises will be broken in the unlikely event he wins. Desperation”
Lovell said a UPP government will also grant a Residency Card as the first step toward obtaining citizenship, establish a Citizenship Line to speed up the processing of persons applying for citizenship, grant Family Citizenship under a skilled immigration programme and activate the Immigration Appeals Tribunal to ensure quick settlement of immigration disputes.