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UPDATE: US revokes visas of Daryl Vaz, Phillip Paulwell, says Chang

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Vaz... It is surprising.

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz is one of two parliamentarians whose US visas have been revoked.

The other is Kingston Eastern and Port Royal MP Phillip Paulwell.

In a statement this morning, Vaz confirmed the revocation saying the US Embassy in Kingston has written to him, advising that subsequent to the issuance of the visa, it has received information that he "may be ineligible".

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IN PHOTO: Phillip Paulwell

However, speaking on RJR's Hotline, host Emily Shields said Paulwell, who is now in Cuba, said he was not aware of any development concerning his visa.

Meanwhile, Vaz said he is saddened by the development.

"This has come as an amazing shock to me," Vaz told Shields, noting that he is prepared to resign from the Cabinet if the visa is not restored after his appeal.

Vaz said he received the revocation advisory a week ago.

He has promised to update the public on the outcome of the appeal.

According to Vaz, without a visa, his duties would be inhibited.

In the meantime, Chang said, the visas of the members of Vaz's family remain intact, however, several police personnel have lost theirs.

In 2008, Vaz renounced his US citizenship after the Jamaican court ruled that as a dual citizen, he could not be a member of parliament.

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